An Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design

Learn how to understand and make Islamic Geometric Patterns.

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This course will enable you to make patterns and to learn to understand Islamic geometric compositions. You will only need a ruler/straight edge, a pencil and a marker to make these patterns. You won't have to make any calculations, just follow my step by step instructions and you will be amazed at what you can create, using the same design techniques Islamic craftsmen have used for centuries. I will also show how to tessellate patterns in an efficient way and, importantly, how to embellish patterns. Islamic geometric design is not just about drawing patterns with black lines. What you do to the patterns after you have drawn them, how you make them more beautiful is a very important part of using your personal creativity. I will show some techniques and styles that have been used over the centuries in different part of the Islamic world to make geometric compositions more beautiful.

Some reviews:

“Extremely knowledgeable instructor, perfect level of difficulty (i.e., for beginners starting from scratch). Really appreciated all the photos of inspirational design.”

“Thank you for the great course. I find it very useful and it made things much easier understand the processes of making patterns. Special thanks for the printable templates :)”

“Eric has done a great job in keeping it simple and concise, adhering to the subject throughout. His knowledge and understanding of Islamic Geometry and architecture is enviable. Having travelled around the Islamic world myself, I can appreciate his passion towards the subject. My next step is to purchase Eric’s books and continue learning! I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to engage themselves in learning Islamic Geometry.”

“I learned the basics of Islamic Geometric design in elementary school, and finding this course is a dream that came true. The books that Eric has done are way beyond great as a reference and a true trademark in the field. I am very happy that I have found him and got a chance to be among his students in this wonderful course! Thanks Eric”

“Clear, concise and well prepared. Easy to follow. Would recommend this course to anyone and everyone interested in geometric patterns! Where is the advanced course? I want to enroll to that one.”

Your Instructor

Eric Broug
Eric Broug

Eric Broug is an author/educator, specialised in Islamic geometric design. He has an MA degree in the History of Islamic art and architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. His first book Islamic Geometric Patterns has taught thousands of readers around the world how to draw patterns in the same way craftsmen have done for centuries. It has been published in several languages, including Farsi en Turkish and is one of the most popular Islamic art books on the market.

He has been active in Islamic geometric design for over 25 years and is passionate about the creative and educational opportunities this design tradition offers to a wide range of audiences.

Eric gives workshops and lectures around the world and is involved as a consultant in various educational projects in the Middle East and elsewhere.

He runs a design and education consultancy business in the UK and is the founder of the School of Islamic Geometric design (, which offers online educational resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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