What could the cultures of Kuwait and the Netherlands have in common?

Surprisingly enough, the answer is tessellations. The Dutch artist, M.C. Escher's work with tessellations is well known. However, the tessellated patterns of Islamic art may not be familiar to you.

In Islam, art is usually concerned with plants, animals, calligraphy and geometric designs rather than people.This is due to our religion.

Arabesques are designs made up of plants and other natural objects in different geometric patterns.

These Islamic Patterns can be seen in textiles, architecture and other works of art throughout the Arab World.

Each pattern is a repeated tessellation that could be continued on for ever.

These patterns were first designed by Arab engineers to be placed on the walls of mosques and palaces. These patterns were a unique art form for the Arabs, since this was a different style from the ones created by other European countries