4th International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art

The Istanbul Design Center organizes a workshop titled “International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art” in an effort to discuss multidisciplinary 'Islamic geometric patterns' in an international and professional platform, convene experts in the field to examine and raise awareness about the subject.

The Istanbul Design Center had launched the program, first of its kind in Turkey, in 2013 with the theme “Historical Process and New Experiments” and drew the attention of a wide audience. The second workshop was held in September 2014 in Istanbul and in Konya, and the third was held in Istanbul and in Amasya in 2016.

The fourth of the international workshop series: will be held from 23-30 September, 2018 at the Istanbul Design Center under the theme ‘Geometric Patterns in Wood and Çini Tiles’.

On 24 September, 2018, Monday the opening program and lectures to be held at the Haliç Congress Center are open to everyone's participation.

The participants of the workshop to be held at the Istanbul Design Center from 25-29 September, 2018 will be selected from the applicants to pre-registration online.


Selected Workshop Participants

Asile Yaman
Ayfer Okşayan
Ayhan Uzun
Aysun Erkul
Ayşe Nihan Han
Ayten Kurgan
Bahar Tüncel
Betül Eser
Elif Karakış
Esra Demirel
Funda Umut Pakkal
Hacer Topbaş
Hatice Büşra Şahin
Hatice Tokuz
Kamer Demircan
Kübra Nur Yavuz
Nagihan Topuz
Naile Hajjar
Nazlı Efe
Nursan Korucu Taşova
Sara Ercan
Seda Çubukçi
Serpil Gülle
Vildan Sert
Yusuf Kot
Zeynep Betül Çandır

Selected Workshop Participants (Substitute)

Leyla Tepecik
Ayşe Tuba Keskil
Hülya Bahadır
Semra Taşdemir
M. Nalan Sayın


List of Invited Speakers

1. Miroslaw Majewski (Poland)
2. Selçuk Mülayim (Turkey)
3. Hamidreza Kazempour (Iran)
4. Moones Rahmandoust (Iran)
5. Shahboz Mustafoev (Uzbekistan)
6. Ameet Hindocha (UK)
7. Eric Gjerde (USA)
8. Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez (Turkey)
9. Neslihan Koçak (Turkey)
10. İsmet Terzioğlu (Turkey)
11. Leyla Betül Küçük (Turkey)
12. Nilgün Tanyaş (Turkey)
13. Ayşe Yılmaz (Turkey)
14. Yasemin Demir (Turkey)
15. Rüya Aydınoğlu (Turkey)

Lectures and workshops by international speakers

Hamidreza Kazempour (Iran), Arabesque patterns: introduction and drawing techniques (lecture and workshop)

Moones Rahmandoust (Iran), Arabesque patterns: introduction and drawing techniques (lecture and workshop)

Shahboz Mustafoev (Uzbekistan), Restoration methods of ornamental patterns on historical buildings in Central Asia from 15th century (lecture and workshop)

Ameet Hindocha (UK), Patterns based on triangular and rectangular grids (lecture)

Miroslaw Majewski (Poland), Why geometric patterns are called geometric? (lecture 1); Gereh foundations for decagonal patterns studies (lecture 2)

Eric Gjerde (USA), Using paper engineering techniques to model 3D forms of geometric patterns from Islamic art (lecture and workshop)


Lectures and workshops by Turkish speakers

Selçuk Mülayim, Lecture on Turkish traditional arts (lecture)

Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez, Geometric patterns and illumination art (lecture)

Neslihan Koçak, Geometric patterns from Turkish wooden decorative art (lecture and workshop)

İsmet Terzioğlu, Traditional kundekari art and craft (lecture and demonstration)

Leyla Betül Küçük, Çini tiles design and application (lecture and workshop)

Nilgün Tanyaş, Çini tiles design and application (lecture and workshop)

Ayşe Yılmaz, Surface design with geometric patterns from Islamic art (workshop)

Yasemin Demir, Geometric pattern design with illumination and plant drawing (workshop)

Rüya Aydınoğlu, Origami session with Eric Gjerde (workshop)


Program Schedule

(24. 09. 2018 Monday)

Opening: 10:30 at the Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul

(Participation in Monday lectures on 24.09.2018 is open to everyone.)

• Lecture 1: 11:00 - 12:00, Prof. Dr. Selçuk Mülayim - Lecture on Turkish traditional arts

• Lecture 2: 12:00 - 13:00, Prof. Miroslaw Majewski - Why geometric patterns are called geometric? Lunch time: 13:00-14:00

• Lecture 3: 14:00 - 15:00, Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez - Geometric patterns and illumination art

• Lecture 4: 15:00 - 16:00, Ameet Hindocha – Introduction to patterns based on triangular and rectangular grids

• Lecture 5: 16:00 - 17:30, Hamidreza Kazempour and Moones Rahmandoust - Arabesque patterns


25 - 29 September 2018 Istanbul Design Center Workshop Program





25 September 2018 Tuesday




26 September 2018 Wednesday




27 September 2018 Thursday




28 September 2018 Friday




29 September 2018 Saturday




09.30 11.00

İsmet Terzioğlu

Leyla Betül Küçük and Nilgün Tanyaş

Shahboz Mustafoev

Neslihan Koçak

Bursa technical tour (Start time and details will be decided later)










11.00 11.30

Tea time

Tea time

Tea time

Tea time

11.30 13.30

İsmet Terzioğlu

Leyla Betül Küçük and Nilgün Tanyaş

Shahboz Mustafoev

Neslihan Koçak

13.00 14.00





14.00 15.30

İsmet Terzioğlu or Miroslaw Majewski

Hamidreza Kazempour and Moones Rahmandoust

Eric Gjerde and Rüya Aydınoğlu

Miroslaw Majewski

15.30 16.00

Tea time

Tea time

Tea time

Tea time

16.00 17.30

Miroslaw Majewski, walk through mosques in Istanbul.

Hamidreza Kazempour and Moones Rahmandoust

Eric Gjerde and Rüya Aydınoğlu

Yasemin Demir / Ayşe Yılmaz


Walk continues

Hamidreza Kazempour and Moones Rahmandoust

(optional extension if needed)

Eric Gjerde and Rüya Aydınoğlu

(optional extension if needed)



Speaker's Profiles


Prof. Dr. Miroslaw Majewski:

Born in Poland, educated in mathematics. M.Sc. and Ph.D. in non-classical geometries. Professor of mathematics and computer science in a number of universities – PNG University of Technology, Inter-University of Macau (now it is Saint Joseph University), Zayed University in UAE, New York Institute of Technology and American University in North Africa. Author of a number of papers and books in computer graphics, applications of computers in education, and geometry of art and architecture. All his recent papers and books are related to the geometry of Islamic art and history of medieval Islamic mathematics. His new series of books ‘Sketches on geometry and art’ is a systematic overview of various geometric ideas embedded in ancient as well as in modern architecture and architectural decorations.


Prof. Dr. Selçuk Mülayim:

Art historian specializing in Ottoman Architecture. He worked in a few institutions and was involved in a few projects. In Marmara University, he has served as a department chair; a director of the Fine Arts Institution; a chair in the Historical Education Department; a branch chair of Turkish Arts at the Institute of Turkic Studies, a deputy dean in the Faculty of Science and Letters, a senator in the Faculty of Science and Letters and a chairmanship in the Department of Art History. Prof. Dr. Mülayim attended and lectured at many congresses and symposiums, and participated in research and international meetings on Turkish and Islamic art. He has numerous publications, including over 70 articles and 11 books.


Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez:

Graduate of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSFAU), Faculty of Fine Arts, Traditional Turkish Arts Department, Illumination Art in 1987. In 1990 at the same university obtained her master’s degree in Illumination Art. Founder of the Sufi-Art Studio in Istanbul. From 1994-2000 was the representative of Mashareq Interior Design & Furniture company in Turkey. Mashareq received an award for research on decoration in Turkish architecture. She is also the founder of the ‘ArtOnWorks’ workshop in Vienna (2002); the ‘Mim-Art’ Art Workshop in Istanbul (2005) and in Ankara (2015). From 2017-18 academic year, giving lectures and lessons on Illumination at the Traditional Turkish Arts Department of the MSFAU. Participated in various national and international exhibitions and activities.


İsmet Terzioğlu:

Educated as an electrical engineer. In 1995, he and his family had established a woodworking workshop in Istanbul, where they produced woodwork cutting for a restoration project in Russia. Later he was involved in repairing numerous original kündekari pieces and making new designs. His main objective is to preserve the original concept of kündekari art form. At the very moment he is one of the most famous kündekari masters with 20 years of experience. The Ministry of Culture has granted him the official title of Kündekari artist. He made a number of applications of kündekari art on doors, ceilings and other decorative elements for mosques and other large scale surfaces. He had also completed restoration works of a few major monuments in Turkey – Suleymaniye Mosque, Mevlevihane Mosque, etc.


Dr. Hamidreza Kazempour:

Experienced traditional designer. He has a Ph.D. in architecture, as well as DA in restoration of traditional buildings of Iran. However, what makes his knowledge more valuable and distinct is that he is a well known master in making Iranian traditional ornaments, muqarnas and various types of traditional tiles and ceramics as well. The knowledge of traditional architecture of Iran, however, is not only a knowledge that he obtained over the last 20 years on his own, but it is a valuable treasure which was given to him as a gift from his ancestors since his childhood. His book, “The Evolution of Muqarnas in Iran,” which was recently published in the USA, looks at the origin of muqarnas and its path of development in Iran.


Dr. Moones Rahmandoust:

Assistant Professor in the field of nano- materials at the Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran. However, since her serious interest in patterns in Islamic Art from 2004, she has spent a major part of her time to study the forms and geometry of the constituent elements of traditional ornaments of architecture in Iran, as her extracurricular activity.


Shakhboz Mustafoev:

Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Fine Arts and Design in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He teaches courses on projecting in restoration of historical ornaments. His master thesis was titled ‘Restoration of historical monuments of the Timurid’s period - the mosque of Bibikhanym’. In his thesis the drawings and composite solutions of the Bibikhanym mosque have been studied. New restoration techniques have been proposed to ensure the longevity of the tiles in its revival. The overall architectural and artistic ornamental styles of the buildings of Timurid’s period have also been studied.


Ameet Hindocha:

Graphic designer for the last nineteen years. Having attended a course at the PSTA in London he became immersed in the study and practice of geometry which brings together his long-standing interests in art, mathematics, nature and pattern. This geometric obsession has enabled the exploration of process through the application of geometric designs to drawing, printmaking and animation. A particular area of interest is exploring the possibilities that arise from the blurred lines between new and old technologies, the digital and the analogue. He also teaches at the University of the Arts, London and lives in London, UK.


Eric Gjerde:

Origami artist from Minneapolis, USA. He is the author of a famous book ‘Origami Tessellations’, presenter in many conferences, workshops and international exhibitions. He was lecturing in a few international institutions such as International Summer School, Bernau bei Berlin, Germany; The Artist’s Institute, New York, NY, USA; Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, DE; Universidad de Las Americas, Santiago, Chile; Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan and Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, MN, USA.


Neslihan Koçak:

Born in İstanbul, always fascinated with the beauty of old monuments, libraries, covered bazaars, beautiful mosques and palaces. While visiting these places, she was inspired by this form of Islamic heritage known as Turkish traditional art. She followed the classical art education path and studied tezhip (illumination) and kalemişi (pen-work) in couple of local institutions in Üsküdar - KTSV (Classic Turkish Arts Foundation) and Bağlarbaşı Specialization Center. As a traditional pattern designer, she enjoys researching the old heritage of different periods in the books and museums which creates an environment for her to produce her own art in a modern way. She is also doing a lot of research on Turkish Traditional Anatolian Architecture, textiles and ceramics.


Leyla Betül Küçük:

Born and educated in Konya. Graduated from the Selçuk University’s Faculty of Law, and right now she is a registered lawyer at the Konya Bar. Currently Leyla Betül is working on the art of Çini tile at her own fine arts company in Konya called ‘Azref Çini’. At the same time she is also a graduate student of the Selçuk University’s Mevlana Research Institute. Participated in numerous exhibitions of Turkish traditional arts, mainly in the Mevlana Cultural Center and Irfan Civilization Research Center.


Nilgün Tanyaş:

Educated as an artist. Since 2000 she has been working in the field of Traditional Turkish Arts. Participated in many projects, national and international events. In 2003 she graduated from the Uludağ University’s İznik Vocational School. Currently, she continues her studies at the Traditional Arts Academy of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University in Istanbul. At the same time she teaches in one of the educational centers in Istanbul with the aim to pass her knowledge of traditional arts onto the future generations of Turkish students.


Ayşe Yılmaz:

Graduated from the Electronics and Communication Engineering department of Istanbul Technical University. After 22 years of professional life, she took the time to complete her education at the Ceramic-Glass and Çini Tile department at the same university. Participated in local and foreign courses and workshops. Among her art-work she has oil paintings, watercolor paintings, Glass Mosaic, Stained Glass, Ceramic and Çini Tile works. All her designs are usually made by herself, which she applies onto Ceramic, Glass and Çini Tile surfaces. In recent period she is working on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art and Seljuk Patterns.


Yasemin Demir:

She had taken classes from artist Füsun Güleşen on charcoal and painting; from Müzehher Özdallı Bice, Arda Çakmak and Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez on ornamentation; from Hülya Korkmaz on Scientific Plant Drawing. She had graduated from the IT and Programming department. Currently she works as a master instructor at the Busmek workshops within the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, and continues to work with master artist Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez at the ‘Mim-Art’ art studio. At the same time she is one of the painting artists at the Project of Illustrated Flora of Turkey.


Rüya Aydınoğlu:

Graduated from mathematics and engineering department. For a long time she has been working as an IT specialist. Then she moved to work on origami, her childhood passion. She prepared a program for origami series for a children’s channel at 2012. Her origami book was published in 2013. In 2016 and 2018 she participated in origami exhibitions. Now she works as origami instructor for adults and children in festivals, organizations, events, municipalities, social responsibility projects in order to spread the art of origami in our country, to help to develop and to learn.