Classifying Hexagonal Tilings in Islamic Architecture with a Single Numerical Parameter

Peter J. Lu and Eric Broug
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 583–586 Short Papers


Islamic designers drafted a large variety of hexagonal patterns in various media, including stone, tile, wood and cloth, throughout the medieval Islamic world. To highlight the geometric similarities among these patterns, we present a simple scheme to classify different types of hexagonal tilings in Islamic architecture, using a single numerical parameter.