The Art of Islamic Pattern

Courses, Educational Tours & Resources

Discover how patterns of profound beauty and subtle complexity can be created from the simplest of means and develop practical skills in the arts and crafts of the Islamic world.

In these unique skills based courses students use traditional methods to explore a range of classic Islamic designs and learn how to integrate freehand biomorphic motifs (Islimi/Arabesque) with geometric pattern. Students also have the opportunity to develop work using traditional techniques, including painting, gilding, ceramics, marquetry, stone and plaster carving. The practical work is supplemented by contextual slide lectures and the underlying symbolism of the forms is examined.


Art of Islamic Pattern (Art of Pattern Ltd) was founded by Adam Williamson & Richard Henry in 2008. Richard and Adam have given workshops, presentations and public lectures at many of the leading cultural and educational institutions in the UK and beyond, including:-

The British Museum, The British Library, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, The Slade School of Fine Art, Central St Martins, The Royal Society, Asia House, Cambridge University, Pardis University, Isfahan and Zaytuna College, Berkeley, USA.