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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. ...


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 ...