Shuruq Nahhas


"Modern Islamic Motif Design: Developing New Arabesque Motifs by Mixing Styles" focuses on developing modern arabesque motifs that are based on the method of mixing styles. This method is based on mixing the most representational characteristics of two styles from different period of time: modern and historical Islamic styles. The achievement will look modern and Islamic at the same time without losing the elements of the old style. The purpose of this research is to revive historical Islamic motifs and adding a contemporary look to them by keeping the Islamic look, which could be used perfectly in many fields of design including graphic design.

The final application is a guidebook that includes the timeline history of Islamic motifs, analysis of the timeline and its concept, descriptions of each part in the timeline, the method of mixing styles, as well as the stages of developing the new motifs, and patterns that are developed from the new motifs. This book has more than one purpose. It is a history source, inspiration source, and a pattern design source.

The audience of this book is designers and non-designers who are interested in motif and pattern design.

In the end, experiments have been done with the new motifs to test them in a variety of design fields such as graphic design, interior design, industrial design, jewelry, wallpaper, glass, and textile.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Islamic decoration and ornament; Islamic art and symbolism; Repetitive patterns (Decorative arts); Design

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Degree Name

Graphic Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Nancy Ciolek

Advisor/Committee Member

Lorrie Frear

Advisor/Committee Member

Sarah Thompson


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK1270 .N34 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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