Islamic geometry specialist to speak at Dubai literary festival

Designer Eric Broug who specialises in Islamic geometrics is speaking at next month’s Emirates Airline Festival of literature in Dubai.

He said: “I will use this year’s festival theme of wonderment to show what still causes me to marvel in wonder in the world of Islamic geometric design.  I will be focusing not only on beautiful compositions but I will also show some examples of the skill and innovative spirit that enabled the creation of these masterpieces.”

“My interest in Islamic geometric design started as an artistic pursuit but has evolved into an educational vocation for me now. I want to enable people to learn how to be creative and innovative. It is not enough just to replicate patterns that have been done hundreds of years ago.”

Broug studied Islamic design at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London and for the last 15 years has made this passion his work, publishing several popular books on the subject. His Islamic Geometric Design covers both its artistry and precision and reveals a long-held passion.

The author frequently gives workshops and presentations, most recently at the new Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art in Toronto, at MIT in the USA and the Harris Museum in Preston, UK. He has created the only online course on Islamic geometric design and is working on several collaborative projects, with Nomad Inception wooden floorings in Sharjah, Nur Zahra fashion in Indonesia and Moroccan designer Younes Duret.

Broug’s talk takes place on Friday 6 March 2015 from 16:30-17:30 in Al Majlis,at the InterContinental Hotel

He said: “I try to document as much as I can when I visit Dubai. I love the ambition of Dubai and how its architecture reflects that. I’m interested in details in architecture and Dubai seems to me to be the place where there is a desire to blend tradition and modernity in architecture.

“Dubai is one of the main cities in the world where excellence and ambition in architecture are given free reign. This makes it a very exciting place for anyone who loves architecture.”