Alcazar of Seville – Pattern Inspiration

Our travels around Andalucia included some truly amazing sights – the Alhambra, the Mezquita in Cordoba, the mountains of the Sierra Nevada – and I have come home with hundreds of photographs to sort through (of which more later). But something I particularly wanted to share here is from the Alcazar in Seville.

It’s a fortified palace, construction of which began in 913, with additions built in the mid-Fourteenth Century (that’s just one of the spectacular rooms, and I haven’t even mentioned the beautifully ornate ceilings, doors, patios, and gardens). And, as you can see, it’s decorated with the most amazing mosaics and tiles:

The complex geometrical patterns and beautiful colour combinations immediately made me think of knitting. Some even had echoes of cabling:

And some of the simple, interlocking designs looked surprisingly modern:

It was impossible to choose a favourite and everywhere I turned I found another stunning design:

But they’ve certainly given me a lot of inspiration!

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2 Responses to Alcazar of Seville – Pattern Inspiration

  1. Ellen says:

    Wow – very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cara says:

    Ooh, ooh, ooh, love this! I went here in October 2007. I loved the contrast between the original ancient building and then the huge ornate frames with biblical scenes from when it was taken over by the Catholic church for a time. So beautiful and a photograph to be taken at every turn. Thanks for sharing and prompting my memories.

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