Moresque centre ornament

Moresque centre ornament

If you need a circular ornament of exceptional beauty, here we present one such example that was found in an old book. We called it the Moresque center ornament because this was its description written below the original picture in the book. When we first saw this masterpiece of Moorish decorative art, we knew right away that we would draw it and make it part of our oriental ornament collection. 


The ornament is circular in shape, with a circular blank space in the middle. It looks complex, but if you take a closer look, you will notice that it consists of an ornamental 45-degree circular segment which is arranged around a circle 8 times. If you, again, take a closer look at this circular segment, you will see that it also has an axis of symmetry, so it is enough to just draw the ornament within a circular segment of 22.5 degrees, transfer it to the other side of the symmetry axis by mirror copying, and then arrange it around the circle. As you can see, it turns out that this Moorish ornament is not so complicated to draw! 


Moorish decorative art has been considered one of  the most beautiful artistic expressions during the entire history of mankind. Fortunately, many works have survived and people can enjoy their beauty today. A particular enjoyment of using Moorish ornaments lies in the fact that they are several hundred years old (e.g., Moorish architecture dominated from 700 to 1500 AD); in other words - using them means extending their life and confirming their quality. 

 

Moresque centre ornament is under  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

Available file formats:  2D CAD (Autodesk (dwg)) and vector (Encapsulated PostScript (eps) and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG))


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