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Geometric interlacing patterns are a subcategory of Islamic pattern and ornament. They can be considered a particular type of arabesque which developed from the rich interlace patterning of the Byzantine Empire.. One of the first Western studies of the subject was E. H. Hankins The Drawing of Geometric Patterns in Saracenic Art, published in Memoirs of the Archaeological Societry of India in 1925. According to Eva Baer, in her book Islamic Ornament: ....the intricate interlacings common in later medieval Islamic art, are already prefigured in Umayyad architecture revetments: in floor mosaics, window grilles, stone and stucco carvings and wall paintings(Khirbat al- Mafjar, QusayrAmra, Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi etc.), and in the decoration of a whole group of early east Iranian, eighth- to tenth-century metal objects. Examples of geometric interlacing can also be found in Arabic calligraphy, particularly designs made in in the Square Kufic style.