29 May Design Trend: Arabesque
There are three disciplines that define Islamic art: Arabesque, Calligraphy and Geometry. Islamic design underscores order and unity of nature; characteristics that are common in artworks of all cultures from Morocco to Malaysia.
Symmetry is bedrock to harmonious design
Arabesque is defined by the continuous spiral, symmetry, and structure. It is an expression that is rich in history, colors, and techniques. Its soft curves and strict repetition bring warmth and universal beauty to the space. Traditional arabesque tiles are usually made in the traditional Moroccan way, hand painted, each tile displays individual characteristics of brush-strokes, crazing and variations in color. Contemporary arabesque tiles come in varieties of subtle and neutral tones to meet the needs of the market. Still, an Islamic pattern rarely inspires the contemporary spirit; instead, it brings a subtle touch of Oriental flair and makes a pleasant contrast to the sharp-edged contemporary elements.
Ritmic linear patterns deprived of hard corners will add interest and balance to your bathroom. Once your arabesque tiles are installed, adding more oriental details will round up the impression and highlight the global design feel. Arabesque pattern is quite busy and can be overpowering, so when it comes to small bathrooms, follow less is more rule. The distinct beauty of pattern will better come to the fore as an accent; on the wall behind the vanity or as a focal panel in a shower tub.