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Paving patterns - mathematics activities

The photograph shows paving laid in a pattern that 'grows' rather than repeats - it has just two repeating elements. Within its border of small square tiles, it uses tiles of three different colours, and two different sizes. Working out how many of each tile is needed for a given large area requires the identification of ...


Islamic tiling patterns - mathematics activities

This photograph of Islamic tiling suggests descriptions and explorations of the symmetry as well as the irregularity (or 'imperfection') deliberately included in accordance with traditional Islamic craftsmanship. Islamic tradition does not encourage pictorial representations in artwork so beautiful tiling patterns evolved. ...


St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows an interior view of the nave of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, looking eastwards towards the stained-glass windows. The congregational area is in the foreground of the image. ...


Decorative tile, c1980

This is a decorative tile of red and brown enamel on metal with a clear glaze. It depicts a Mäori motif based on rock art from the Opihi River area of South Canterbury, on the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand. It shows five dogs and a human form at the head of a dominant central image of a stylised taniwha or ...


Mintons 'The seasons' tiles by John Moyr Smith, c1878-85

This is a group of eight earthenware tiles designed by John Moyr Smith in about 1878 and made by Mintons China Works, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, about 1885. The square tiles, each measuring 15.2 cm x 1.0 cm, are transfer-printed with a decoration in four colours (grey, pale yellow, brown and olive green) and ...