A Pattern Tour of Uzbekistan with Esra & Samira

​In this series of live online classes, Esra and I revisited Uzbekistan virtually, by drawing & painting some of the beautiful patterns we saw on our trip to Uzbekistan in 2019. As well as guiding you through the geometry & biomorphic drawings, the sessions were enriched with a few travel photos, videos and stories from a most excellent adventure in this beautiful country.

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​​SAMARKAND -Recording & PDFs


TASHKENT - Recording & PDFs


KHIVA - Recording & PDFs


BUKHARA - Recording & PDFs


All four Cities Recordings & PDFs


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Booking is possible via this page or Esra's website (only purchase it once please). 

The Gallery below shows art work by participants shared on Instagram:

The TASHKENT Sessions - 4 hours of RECORDINGS & PDFs included.

In the first session in February, Samira teaches the construction of the beautiful 12/8 pattern from a Metro Station in Tashkent along with a second more conventional variation from the Old City of Tashkent. In the second session, Esra teaches the free-hand biomorphic drawings that fill the geometric shapes. 

The KHIVA Sessions -  4 hours of RECORDINGS & PDFs included

The patterns of Khiva are far more intricate in terms of the biomorphic elements. In the first session from April, Samira teaches the geometry & Esra teaches the biomorphic elements for the first pattern from Khiva, In the second Esra and Samira repeat this for a different eightfold pattern, both from the Summer Palace of the Kuhna Ark.

The BUKHARA Sessions - 4 hours of RECORDINGS & PDFs included

In the first Bukhara session, Samira teaches the geometry of a 12/8 pattern found in many different locations, the ach construction & composition ready for the second session: Esra will teach the  free-hand biomorphic elements within the Geometry & the spiraling motifs above the arch.

The SAMARKAND Sessions - 4 hours of RECORDINGS & PDFs included.

Samira will take you through a tenfold rosette attern with tapered petals (grey stone panels), it shares an underlying structure with a simpler Umm Al Girih pattern (blue and green ceramic panel) which she will also reference and teach in the first session. In the second session, Esra will teach the floral biomorphs of the Umm Al Girih tile work and also the circular motif in an Octagon. All of these patterns can be found in the Registan Complex of Samarkand.

Suitable for

Intermediate level geometers with experience of drawings  and participants aged 16+. If you are a beginner and would like to enroll, we suggest you practise plenty before the start of course to make sure you are better prepared. Try working through Five & Tenfold patterns or Twelvefold Islamic Geometric Rosettes

Tools needed for geometry:

  • A3 & A4 smooth paper;

  • A compass;

  • 30cm transparent ruler;

  • 2H & 2B pencil;

  • Fineliner pens;

  • Tracing paper;

  • Masking tape

Tools needed for freehand biomorphs

  • Geomertry drawings

  • Tracing Paper (2 A4 sheets), you will need that for the drawing stage. You can use baking paper instead!

  • Sharp HB pencil

  • Fine Eraser pen

  • Masking tape

Please make sure you have the tools/equipment needed to participate. For recommendations visit 

www.samiramian.uk/equipment or https://www.islamicillumination.com/blog/paints-papers-brushes-for-islamic-illumination  


The courses are nonrefundable once the links to the recordings & PDFS have been sent to you.