ABSTRACT.

The software package PUERTRA implements a theoretical study of formal properties of Islamic Geometrical Art, found extensively in wood work (artesonado ceilings, mosque minbars, doors and windows, inlay furniture), ceramic tiles (court yards, cupola roofs), wrought iron, stucco reliefs, tapestry, and many other cases, in the Islamic World, past and present, specially in Al-Andalus and later in Spanish Mudejar art. This theory is applied to the design and drawing of these intricate and beautiful forms, allowing the user to choose and try out colour schemes, polygonal order, interlaced frames, relative sizes, position, etc. Every formal aspect of the design is controlled, and can be recovered as a tool for use in manual or automatic manufacture and design, in Fine Arts, Archiitecture and Archaeology studies, and Form research.


Table of Contents

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. FORMAL RULES
  3. ELEMENTARY FIGURES
  4. LATTICE ORDERS AND DISTANCES
  5. PERIODIC AND APERIODIC LATTICES
  6. SYMMETRIC ROTATION
  7. DISPLACEMENT PLANE COVERING
  8. INTERLACE
  9. MODELLING a LATTICE
  10. METABOLÊ
  11. MUSICAL RELATIONSHIP
  12. COLOURS
  13. SYMBOLOGY
  14. EXAMPLE DESIGN
  15. REFERENCES
  16. FURTHER EXAMPLES

Fco. Javier Sánchez González. Laboratorio de Tratamiento de Palabra y Música.
Instituto de Electrónica de Comunicaciones. C.S.I.C. Serrano,144. 28006-Madrid. Spain. Tel.561.88.06 Ext.446/439. Fax: (91)411 7651/ 563 1371.

Layout Re-designed: 9 April, 1999