The Circle in Islam

There is something about circles the Beloved likes.


The circle is important in Islamic art as the teachings actively discourage the use of human images. Elaborate and beautiful patterns formed from a centre point of a circle are constructed in both art and architecture. From the circle, other shapes can be constructed, the triangle, the square, the hexagon and various star shapes. Each shape came to have different spiritual meanings. Geometric flower or plant patterns are also used.

For example a triangle is formed from the repeat of three circles.

Many of the patterns are made from overlapped and interlaced circles which are then repeated.