Islamic patterns by area

It has been found that users of this site have been using a text search in ways that are unlikely to be successful. Specifically, a text search for the name of a country will not be effective. Hence here, we provide lists of patterns which are thought to be classical ones listed under the country (or area) of origin.
A few points should be noted:
  1. Objects in Museums are listed under the country of origin, not the location of the Museum.
  2. We have tried to exclude patterns which are not thought to be classical. As an example, Palmeraie Golf Course Palace, Marrakesh.
  3. Those listed are based upon the areas chosen by David Wade for his web site.
  4. Please let me know if you find any errors in these lists.


220 patterns, of which 167 (76%) appear only in Spain, see list.


267 patterns, of which 215 (80%) appear only in Morocco, see list.


241 patterns, of which 173 (71%) appear only in Egypt, see list.


187 patterns, of which 127 (68%) appear only in India, see list.


340 patterns, of which 258 (76%) appear only in Iran, see list.


71 patterns, of which 47 (67%) appear only in Syria, see list.


177 patterns, of which 116 (65%) appear only in Turkey, see list.

Central Asia

139 patterns, of which 88 (63%) appear only in Central Asia, see list.