A tessellation is a tiling repeating pattern using geometric shapes called tiles that repeat over and over with no gaps or overlaps.  If you’re familiar with the work of M.C. Escher then you’ve probably seen this sort of art before.

It’s possible to create tessellations out of origami as well by taking a large piece of paper and folding different sections of it into repeating tiles and shapes.  The results as you can see in the photos below can be quite beautiful.  The size of the tessellation is really only limited by the size of your paper and how much patience you have as a folder.

Here are 16 up close photos of origami tessellations folded by some expert origami artists you should definitely check out.

Orange Origami Tessellation

Orange 4, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

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Nouveau Origami Tessellation

Nouveau 3, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

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Gold Origami Tessellation

Gold 4, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

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Origami Fireworks Tessellation by Joel Cooper

Fireworks, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

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Origami Wreaths Tessellation by Joel Cooper

Wreaths Tessellation, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

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42 Origami Tessellation by Alessandro Beber

“42” Designed and Folded by Alessandro Beber

Instructions not available

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Spiral Galaxy M81 Origami Tessellation by Peter Keller

Spiral Galaxy m81, Designed and Folded by Peter Keller

Instructions not available

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Heimkehrer Origami Tessellation by Peter Keller

Heimkehrer, Designed and Folded by Peter Keller

Instructions not available

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Hilli's Corrugation by Robin Scholz

Hilli’s Corrugation, Designed and Folded by Robin Scholz

Instructions not available

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Christine's Clover Origami Tessellation by Robin Scholz

Christine’s Clover, Designed and Folded by Robin Scholz

Instructions not available

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Hydringringea Origami Tessellation by Robin Scholz

HydRingRingEa, Designed and Folded by Robin Scholz

Instructions not available

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Hydringringea Back by Robin Scholz

HydRingRingEa Back, Designed and Folded by Robin Scholz

Instructions not available

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Celtic Origami Tessellation by Robin Scholz

Celtic Tessellation, Designed and Folded by Robin Scholz

Instructions not available

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Diamond Corrugation by Robin Scholz

Diamond Corrugation, Designed by Ilan Garibi, Folded by Robin Scholz

Instructions not available

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