Tessellations in Islamic Art | Synonym Sep 29, 2017In Latin, the word “tessera” means a “small, stone cube.” The mosaics that formed floors and tiles in Roman homes and buildings were often laid out in tessellated patterns. Tessellating patterns and floral designs in complex geometrical arrangements, usually in tiles, are also common motifs in Islamic art. Tessellation Patterns - From Mathematics to Art | Widewalls Jul 10, 2016The Arab Hall at the Leighton House Museum. In 1877, Lord Leighton began the construction of the Arab Hall inside his Leighton House Museum in London. This ambitious and costly undertaking was inspired by his travels to Turkey, Egypt and Syria - in fact, it is the collection of tiles from Damascus that makes up the biggest part of this great room.