Festival Alumni

Carol Bier

Carol Bier specializes in the study of Islamic geometric patterns as intersections of art and mathematics. She has dedicated herself to studying the arts and architecture of the Iranian plateau in the 11th and 12th centuries. Her award-winning website, Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets, is hosted by The Math Forum at Drexel University. A historian of Islamic art, she is Visiting Scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and Research Associate at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC, where she previously served as Curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections (1984-2001). She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.

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