Moorish art is more likely to use rounded shapes, like this town gateway in Rabat, Morocco, than squares or rectangles. Other variations of Islamic art, such as the arches of the Taj Mahal in India, use rectangles.

Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont

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Moorish architecture, like all Islamic architecture, has distinctive motifs: rounded arches, Arabic calligraphy, vegetative design, and decorative tiles.