Pieces Petals Leaves and Eaves: South Bethlehem Silk

Tessellations are well known in Islamic decorative tilings, and have had a profound influence on European and American textile design since the nineteenth century. Lu and Steinhardt outlined a breakthrough in fifteenth-century Islamic tiling design using five girih tiles which "opened a path to creating extraordinarily complex patterns"1 This silk wall hanging embeds fragments of photographs of architecture and plants from Bethlehem's South Side. $1250 73h x 36w

1. Peter J. Lu and Paul J. Steinhardt, Decagonal and Quasi-crystalline Tilings in Medieval Islamic Architecture. Science 315 (2007): pp. 1106-1110.