Alhambra, Patio de los Arrayanes

T01157 = data159/P052A
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These patterns occur in the two side alcoves, east and west, at the north end of the Patio de los Arrayanes, three mosaic panels in each alcove. Six colours are used for the tiles - white, black, blue, green, brown and purple, in complex colour patterns. In some panels the colours are arranged in lozenge-shaped areas, in others in oblique multicoloured stripes. The graphic uses only three colours and does not attempt to show any of the true colour patterns. A similar curvilinear pattern occurs, without the small hexagons or 6-stars, as a mosaic dado round the back of the smaller, east bench recess in the rest room of the Royal Baths. See also Paccard, Vol1, page 181.



Publications referenced:
  1. Page 48, left hand pattern (Alhambra, Patio de los Arrayanes, Spain) of Degeorge, G ́erard and Porter. The Art of the Islamic Tile, Paris, 2002. ISBN 208010876. [degeorge2] {}(1354-62AD, 755-63AH)
  2. Photo by David Wade: SPA 0108/0207 (Alhambra, Patio de los Arrayanes, Spain) of David Wade. Website:, UK, 2015. [wadei] {Website}(1354-62AD, 755-63AH)
  3. Plate 3 (d) of S J Abas and A S Salman. Symmetries of Islamic Geometrical Patterns, World Scientific, 1993. ISBN 981021704. [abas] {Very many patterns in black and white.}