The culture of the Muslim world has developed a very specific type of ornamental design, which is grounded in the religious demands of Islam. Also known as Arabesque, the visual language of Islamic design employs a variety of geometric patterns, floral elements and ornate calligraphy, all of which are used to decorate furniture and buildings. The flowing nature and mathematical rigour of the Arabesque evoke a sense of eternity and order, which has proved to be aesthetically pleasing.
Islamic Designs From Egypt presents a collection of architectural ornamental designs originating from two of the most important cultural centres of the Islamic world, the mediaeval Egyptian cities of Cairo and Alexandria. Originally used as tiling and bas-reliefs for mosques, tombs and private houses, these designs constitute masterpieces of Islamic ornamental design that have lost none of their appeal today. In the present edition, the ornaments, borders and interlocking patterns of this historical style are made available for contemporary use.
Agile Rabbit Editions contain stunning images for use as a graphic resource, or inspiration. All the illustrations are stored in high-resolution format on the enclosed free CD-ROM and are ready to use for professional quality printed media and web page design. The pictures can also be used to produce postcards, or to decorate your letters, flyers, etc. They can be imported directly from the CD into most design, image-manipulation, illustration, word-processing and e-mail programs; no installation is required. For most applications, single images can be used free of charge. Please consult our section on image rights for conditions.