Devils Postpile, USA. Nature’s own hexagonal tessellations, square blocks and straight pillars.

Saturday 6/28/2014

nature; organic; ancient; usa; tessellations;

Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Although humans are arguably the most digital animal, sometimes nature does some very square & hexagonal things..

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Monday 5/5/2014

northern ireland; organic; nature; ancient;

Four of Six plates on a Sami i.e. Laplander Runic Calendar. The Calendar is carved in reindeer horn. Eiríkr Magnússon suggests a date between 1230 – 1391 CE for the prototype of this particular calendar.

Four of Six plates on a Sami i.e. Laplander Runic Calendar. The Calendar is carved in reindeer horn. Eiríkr Magnússon suggests a date between 1230 – 1391 CE for the prototype of this particular calendar.

Sunday 3/2/2014

runic; ancient; sami;

Woodcut - Graphic poem 1503.

Woodcut - Graphic poem 1503.

Friday 2/14/2014

poetry; ancient; 1500s;

Bedcover from 1219 (Sweden), via.

Bedcover from 1219 (Sweden), via.

Saturday 1/25/2014

textile; weaving; 1200s; ancient;

Peruvian weaving, Paracus ca 1400-400 BC. via

Peruvian weaving, Paracus ca 1400-400 BC. via

Tuesday 12/31/2013

weaving; textile; ancient;

Text-modey design from Iraq, 6000 years ago. From When Writing Met Art (p.17).

Text-modey design from Iraq, 6000 years ago. From When Writing Met Art (p.17).

Thursday 12/26/2013

ancient; iraq; pottery; craft;

Ancient baskets, mostly from Peru. via

Saturday 12/21/2013

peru; ancient; weaving;

Interior detail of the Guri Amir mausoleum in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (15th century). Pic by **El-Len**

Interior detail of the Guri Amir mausoleum in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (15th century). Pic by **El-Len**

Thursday 12/19/2013

tiles; arabesque; 1400s; 15th century; ancient;

Square kufic, meaning:


بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ 
الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ 
الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ 
مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ 
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ و إِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ 
اهدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ 
صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَ لاَ الضَّالِّينَ



It’s the complete Surah 1, al-Fatihah; in the shape of Allah. From the Mir Chaqmaq Mosque in Iran, built in the 1400s.

Square kufic, meaning:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ 

الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ 

الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ 

مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ 

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ و إِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ 

اهدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ 

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَ لاَ الضَّالِّينَ

It’s the complete Surah 1, al-Fatihah; in the shape of Allah. From the Mir Chaqmaq Mosque in Iran, built in the 1400s.

Wednesday 12/18/2013

1400s; ancient; kufic; square kufic;

Square kufic signatures from 1325, up to today. More images and info here.

Square kufic signatures from 1325, up to today. More images and info here.

Monday 12/16/2013

calligraphy; ancient; kufic; square kufic;

From the Isfahan Royal Mosque in Iran, built in the 1600s. It’s on UNESCO’s list of world heritages. 

From the Isfahan Royal Mosque in Iran, built in the 1600s. It’s on UNESCO’s list of world heritages. 

Sunday 12/15/2013

1600s; ancient; architecture; kufic; square kufic;

Insular art was formed out of Celtic Christianity around 600, and was popular in the UK. Here is first David from the Durham Cassiodorus (early 8th century) and secondly, Book of Lindisfarne (late 7th century).

Friday 11/29/2013

ancient; pattern; insular art;

Sleeved Tunic, 12th–15th century (Peru; Chimú)

Sleeved Tunic, 12th–15th century (Peru; Chimú)

Monday 11/25/2013

textile; ancient; clothes;

Square kufic dating back to 1433!
via kufikufi.

Square kufic dating back to 1433!

via kufikufi.

Sunday 11/24/2013

calligraphy; ancient; kufic; square kufic;