Darb-e Imam

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The shrine of Darb-e Imam (Persian: امامزاده درب امام‎), located in the Dardasht quarter of Isfahan, Iran, is a funerary complex, with a cemetery, shrine structures, and courtyards belonging to different construction periods and styles. The first structures were built by Jalal al-Din Safarshah, during the Qara Qoyunlu reign in 1453.

The girih tiles[edit]

Girih tile subdivision found in the decagonal girih pattern on a spandrel from the Darb-e Imam shrine

Peter Lu and Paul Steinhardt have studied Islamic tiling patterns, called girih tiles. They strongly resemble Penrose tilings, to which the designs on the Darb-e Imam shrine are almost identical.

See also[edit]


  • Lu, P. J.; Steinhardt, P. J. (2007). "Decagonal and Quasi-crystalline Tilings in Medieval Islamic Architecture". Science. 315 (5815): 1106–1110. doi:10.1126/science.1135491. PMID 17322056.

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Coordinates: 32°40′08″N 51°40′38″E / 32.6689°N 51.6772°E / 32.6689; 51.6772