1,400 years of Islamic geometric design shows that certain practices have guaranteed consistent  excellence.

Certain rules were always adhere to, rgardless of whether it was a Marinid madrasa in Fez, a Mamluk minbar in Cairo or a Seljuk caravanserai in Anatolia.

The challenge for architects and designers now is to use this design heritage more fully and more profoundly.  Awareness of historical best practice offers creative freedom.

The Six Rules of Best Practice in Islamic Geometric Design:

1. Intersecting Lines
2. Made-to-Measure
3. Symmetry
4. Embellishment
5. Engagement
6. Innovation

Online CPD Course: Best Practice in Islamic Geometric Design

CPD course credits: 2 and a half hours. 19 tutorials. 100% online.

How is it possible that for over 1,400 years, craftsmen and builders across the Islamic world were able to consistently maintain high levels of design excellence? This course shows you what their rules and conventions were. It also shows you which problems to avoid, and how. You start when you want and you set your own pace. Watch the promo video below to get an idea of what’s on offer.


Author and design consultant Eric Broug has been studying Islamic geometric design for over 25 years. On his many trips to the Middle East he has seen countless examples of Islamic geometric design being used in contemporary architecture and design. What he noticed was that typically, this design heritage  is now used superficially, everyone uses the same patterns and many design problems occur. There is a challenge to reconnect with the 1,400 years of design excellence.

Eric Broug offers CPD training: on-site, online and through an eBook. Get in touch, if you’d like to know more: info@sigd.org

Eric Broug giving a presentation at INDEX Qatar on Best Practice in Islamic Geometric Design

eBook: Best Practice in Islamic Geometric Design: A Manual for Architects and Designers

This new eBook by Eric Broug codifies the rules that have guaranteed design excellence for 1,400 years. It shows how to use this design heritage more fully and more profoundly. It also looks at the most common problems in contemporary architecture and design, and how to avoid them.

74 pages with many colour illustrations and photo. £8.99 Publication date: 27th January 2019. Available on Amazon, Apple Books and Google Play Books

Some screenshots from the ebook below:

The Most Common Problems in Contemporary Islamic Geometric Design

1. Limited use of patterns
2. Reliance on copy ‘n paste
3. Incorrect tessellation
4. Incorrect framing
5. Lack of historical or regional specificity
6. Partial knowledge

It’s educational to see what current Islamic geometric design looks like when these errors are made. You can see some examples below and under #cpigd  on instagram (Common Problems in Islamic Geometric Design).


    “Eric’s full day workshop was our Ramadan special event to our colleagues and invited guests, – an architect audience. The workshop was interesting, interactive, practical and eye opening. We had excellent
    response and feedback, and was well worth to arrange and attend. The course gives practical information to all who apply Islamic geometric patterns in exterior building decoration, interior design, product design, graphic design; but also very interesting to everyone else, who would like to understand the traditions and construction methods of these patterns that surround us. Eric is a great speaker and his true passion to the topic makes the workshop a very enjoyable experience”.

    – Agnes Koltay, Facade Consultant and Owner, Koltay Facades, Dubai

    CPD training for architects in Dubai on Best Practice in Islamic Geometric Design

    CPD training for architects in Dubai