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Torus may not be the right word for these shapes, but if you are interested in geometry and shapes in general, look up Torus on Wikipedia for an interesting read and some cool mini-video clips!
Posted almost 3 years ago.
Hhmm, further research is required...
I don't get the torus thing either but it really does not have the required 4 lobed leaves to be a quatrefoil - even of the ornamented kind with extra pointy bits.
Sef I absolutely agree with how hard it is to look things up from shape to name! Re this shape being known as a 'Moroccan quatrefoil', I see the four sharp corners as being the four leaves of the 'quatrefoil'. It may not have originated in Morocco - the use of French for the 'quatrefoil' part of the name might be some sort of clue. I looked up images for torus tiles and didn't see any resemblance?
I think these are most accurately called torus tiles.
It's very hard to look things up the wrong way round - from shape to name. Mostly what I know is that it is definitively neither an ogee (it deliberately breaks that curve!) nor a quatrefoil (not 4-leaved!). My arabic reference book doesn't list it at all. One of my more global reference books has the non-square version as being of Indian origin (but doesn't name it) and not Spanish etc (although there was quite a similar straight line design originating in Spain). So it would probably have been a later arrival to Morocco with cultural cross-pollination.
I very much doubt it even originated in Morocco! But, yes, I was just describing it rather than naming it myself. How about Moroccan lantern?
I know this shape as a Moroccan quatrefoil - is that not correct? There has to be a better name for it than "interrupted circle diamonds"...
I only flung a few of these up on the website at all because I saw so many incorrect ones being advertised from the front page a couple of months ago and they offended me. SIWOTI syndrome again. Most people simply won't care.
The palette goes so nicely with the shape, which I always think of as a Moroccan Tile (and wrongly think of as an ogee - thanks for setting us straight on that)! Vivid and wonderful.
I like these colours, and they are on a favorite shape --- a pleasant image to carry on with today!
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