ISLAMABAD – The National Art Gallery of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) has arranged a workshop on Islamic ornamentation here from November 12 to 19.

Expert of calligraphy and ornamentation Abdul Razzaq Razi will conduct the workshop for students, amateur artists and art lovers.

Through various theoretical and practical sessions, the participants will learn to create and arrange geometric patterns, which make up one of the three non-figural types of decoration in Islamic art, which also include calligraphy and vegetal patterns.

Whether isolated or used in combination with non-figural ornamentation or figural representation, geometric patterns are popularly associated with Islamic art, largely due to their aniconic quality. Consisting of, or generated from, such simple forms as the circle and the square, geometric patterns are combined, duplicated, interlaced and arranged in intricate combinations, thus becoming one of the most distinguishing features of Islamic art.

Talking to the news agency, the organizers said the workshop would introduce a unique style of calligraphy and ornamentation by the experts in the field.