Bridges 2011 Regular Paper

Hyperbolic Truchet Tilings
Douglas Dunham
(Proceedings pages 311–318)


About 300 years ago Sébastien Truchet systematically studied patterns that could be formed from square tiles that were divided by a diagonal into a white triangle and a black triangle. Other pattern creators have been inspired by him to make Truchet-like tilings composed of circular arcs and other motifs. These tilings are all based on Euclidean tessellations, usually the tiling by squares. In this paper we extend the concept of a Truchet tiling to the hyperbolic plane and show some sample patterns.