Patterns of India (Part 2: Agra and Fatehpur Sikri)

While travelling in India, I became fascinated with the variety of patterns in its architecture. Historically, they’re mostly a legacy of the Sultanates and the Mughal Empire, and Islam’s tradition of non-figurative art. But interesting patterns can also be found in Jain, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and modern architecture, and also in natural forms.

These galleries collects all the photographs of patterns I took during my visit. I’m releasing these into the public domain. They are far from comprehensive, and others can be found in various places such as Wikimedia Commons.

Part 1: Delhi
Part 2: Agra and Fatehpur Sikri
Part 3: Rajasthan
Part 4: Chandigarh
Part 5: Miscellaneous



The tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, a chief minister of the Mughal Empire, the Itimad-ud-Daulah was built in the 1620s and was a strong influence on the design of the Taj Mahal.

Mariam’s Tomb

The tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani, consort of the Emperor Akbar, is located close by Sikandra, the tomb of Akbar himself (see below).


Sikandra is the tomb of Akbar the Great, the third Mughal Emperor. It includes a profusion of different decorative patterns, of which the two below are a poor representation.


Akbar’s new capital, built in the 1570s to the southwest of Agra.

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