Qatar Foundation International’s (QFI) Mosaic Tilemaker application introduces students to fundamental concepts of Islamic art and architecture through the exploration and creation of mosaic tile art. Here, users can learn more about the history and geometric principles behind this art and engage in an interactive learning process to explore these concepts by designing and sharing their own mosaics.
Enjoy the element of discovery and the act of artistic creation with Tilemaker, an interactive tool offering an introduction to the art of geometry. Experimenting with shapes, patterns, and colors, you will learn about the characteristics and key mathematical principles applied in geometric design.
For centuries, Islamic designers and craftsmen have made geometric patterns just by drawing straight lines and circles with a compass and straight edge. With a click or two, Tilemaker lets you build layers of lines and circles, mimicking their actions. As you experiment drawing different intersections of line segments and circles you will discover new patterns, just as they did!
Explore the Gallery, where you can view and enjoy the designs of others using the Tilemaker tool and find inspiration for creating your own unique tile. After creating your own design using the Create tool, you can post your tile to the Gallery and share it with friends, colleagues, and family.