Computer Generated Islamic Star Patterns

Craig S. Kaplan
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2000)
Pages 105–112


Islamic star patterns are a beautiful and highly geometric art form whose original design techniques are lost in history. We describe one procedure for constructing them based on placing radially-symmetric motifs in a formation dictated by a tiling of the plane, and show some styles in which they can be rendered. We also show some results generated with a software implementation of the technique.