Art – sacred geometry


Detail of a handmade silk carpet from Kashmir (Srinagar), 20th c. (private collection).

In Ancient Greece during the geometric art period (ca. 900 to 700 BC) and still today in Islamic art, the perfection of geometry and the potentially infinite repetition of patterns were one way to represent and attain the divine.

Did you know that in every handmade carpet there is one thread of a different color invisible to the eye? This is a gesture of humility from the carpet maker since only God, in his eyes, could achieve perfection.


11 thoughts on “Art – sacred geometry”

    1. Thank you. It is for a class I am giving on art appreciation. I will also be presenting some Tibetan mandalas and modern things such as a church by Tadao Ando (an amazing Japanese architect), clothes by Issaye Miyaki (also Japanese) and paintings like Mondrian. I am having fun and I hope the students will like it. Thanks for your words, they are encouraging. Kenza.

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  1. Wow! Please share here too — it is amazing what you say about the invisible thread. We worship with a yantra – a geometrical representation of a mantra and a path to God….just going through the pathway takes one into deep meditation – it is so simple and beautiful. Just like what you share here….thank YOU.

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