Decorative motifs of Alhambra
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Arabesque Coat of Arms of Nasrid Kings and arabic inscription on the wall of Alhambra, Palace of the Nazaries, in Granada, Spain.

The arabesque is a form of artistic decoration consisting of “surface decorations based on rhythmic linear patterns of scrolling and interlacing foliage, tendrils” or plain lines, often combined with other elements. It usually consists of a single design which can be ’tiled’ or seamlessly repeated as many times as desired. Within the very wide range of Eurasian decorative art that includes motifs matching this basic definition the term “arabesque” is used consistently as a technical term by art historians to describe only elements of the decoration found in two phases: Islamic art from about the 9th century onwards, and European decorative art from the Renaissance onwards
Arabesque (Islamic art). (2015, March 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:55, March 25, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arabesque_(Islamic_art)&oldid=652931289

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