An arabesque is a style of ornament made up of interlaced lines, and usually containing leaf, fruit, and/or flower elements interspersed in the design.

Many arabesques are curvilinear and elegantly flowing, although some are angular in character.

Arabesques do have a common Arab ancestry. But eveb if it sounds counter-intuitive, the term should not be attributed exclusively to Arab style, which is also referred to as moresque.

This is because the ancient Greeks and Romans made extensive use of their own styles of arabesques to embellish their art and architecture.

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