Maragha - Iran
- chris cambré
A wonderful example of the use of girih tegels is the decoration of the Gunbad-i-Kabud mausoleum in Maragha (Iran 1197 AD). The wall pannels are filled in with a pattern of decagons, hexagons, bowties and rhombusses. Remarkable is that the girih patters isn't shown, but just the decorative lines, laid upon the pannels.
Underneath you can see the girih pattern of the 7 pannels of the octagonal building. The pannels are mirrored about an edge of the building, so the pattern is running round the whole building. Just on the top there's a little correction where a rhombus is cut to match.