Arabesque from the Great Mosque in Damascus

Arabesque from the Great Mosque in Damascus

On this page you can download a beautiful arabesque that we named the Arabesque from the Great Mosque in Damascus. It was found in an old book, i.e., a  picture in it, and the caption beneath read that it originated from the Great Mosque in Damascus. Later on, in another old book dealing with Arab decorative art, we found a picture of an almost identical arabesque, described as: ’Arab decoration, carved in stone and inlaid from the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo’. We do not know whether it is a mistake in one of the books mentioned, or whether both mosques are decorated with the same ornament. 


’Arabesque’ is the name that denotes Arab, i.e., Islamic ornament, composed of geometric lines and stylized plant motifs, intertwined in a wide variety of variations. It is used as decoration in architecture, carpentry, manuscripts, and various decorative and everyday items. 


As you can see in the picture, this arabesque is square in shape, in fact it is an interlaced pattern with design elements that are placed in empty spaces. Arabesques or ornaments of this type were often used as decorations in Arab art, and you can also see them in the Byzantine art. They are relatively easy to draw because it is enough to design an interlaced ornament of a certain shape, and in blank spaces simple ornaments are inserted, which ultimately gives a coherent whole and a beautiful complex ornament.


This arabesque vector is available as usually in Autodesk (dwg) format, Encapsulated PostScript (eps) format and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format.

 

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

 

Click on the links below to download Arabesque from the Great Mosque in Damascus: 


Arabesque from the Great Mosque in Damascus - .dwg format (141.2 Kb)

Arabesque from the Great Mosque in Damascus - .eps format (833.53 Kb)

Arabesque from the Great Mosque in Damascus - .svg format (1.5 Mb)