Vault of the entrance gate of Khan school in the old district of Shiraz. This artwork is called Muqarnas which is a type of corbel employed as a decorative device in traditional Persian architecture. Muqarnas display radial symmetry based upon N-gonal symmetry. The number of unique tiles possible is derived from N = N/2 - 1. Larger N values result in thinner muquarnas tiles. There are an unlimited number of muqarnas tile sets given the wide variety of tile profile design possibilities. Computer graphics and fabrication today allow the design and production of novel muqarnas compositions not found in the historical record.
مقرنس كاري سردر مدرسه خان، شيراز
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Eric_vd (289) 2012-11-10 4:51
Very great shot.
Colorfull with wonderful patterns.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-11-10 6:45
Nice detail with great colours. I like all of the repeating elements.
finlay (1573) 2012-11-10 7:58
The tight framing makes for an eyecatching and colourful graphical shot. Well done and an interesting note too.
Energysavingelk (1971) 2012-11-10 8:42
although your well made capture shows us a remarkable item of mathematical architecture, your formula must be wrong. The equation N = N/2 - 1 has got only one solution, which is N = -2. This cannot be the case, so please: which equation do you really need to calculate the number of tiles possible?
Antipodean (1658) 2012-11-10 15:27
Kia ora Akbar,
A very colourful and interesting composition which illustrates the amazing tilework found in Iranian cities such as Shiraz & Isfahan. Good notes too. Cheers, Neil
smash2707 (3320) 2012-11-11 14:27
Good crop for a very nice compo. Good POV. Regards
tenretin (2555) 2013-12-23 13:29
You made a great shot there with beautiful colors.
Well done and thank you for sharing.
I wish you a happy holiday season.