Rangoli Designs from Across the World


Other Forms of Rangoli Designs

Rangoli designs in India are made using colored sand, chalk powder, chalk, flowers and flower petals. Did you know that people in other parts of the world too use these materials to create art?

Art made by pouring of colored sand is known as sand painting, it’s practised in many parts of the world including India. People also use chalk to create 3D art that’s very similar to our rangoli designs.


Sand Painting, also known as dry painting is practiced by Native Americans in the South-western United States, by Tibetan and Buddhist monks, as well as Australian Aborigines, and by Latin Americans on certain Christian holy days.

Let’s have a look at these amazing inspirational rangoli style art forms:


1. Street Paintings from Ayacucho, Peru Rangoli Designs  Courtesy of Meg and Ryan

During Easter the streets of Ayacucho is filled with impressive art work made of colored sand, glitter and flowers. The level of detail the artists are able to achieve when creating images of people and animals is extraordinary.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Meg and Ryan

The sand paintings are huge and gorgeous. This one has a portrait of a girl in the centre which is surrounded by flower petals. It looks very close to our rangoli designs.

2. Sand Painting from New YorkRangoli Designs Courtesy of Joe Mangrum

Joe Mangrum is an installation and multiple-medium artist who is particularly known for his large-scale colored sand paintings.


Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Joe Mangrum

Art work is in progress. Joe is using sand to make this design at the museum.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Joe Mangrum

Asynchronous syntropy is a swept away project at Museum of Arts and Design, New York City.


Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Joe Mangrum

He creates beautiful, hypnotic patterns and designs on the streets and squares of New York by coloured sand.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Trip Advisor

A lone man creates this beautiful pattern in New York. It looks very familiar to the rangoli designs made in India.

3. Sand Table from Senegal (A republic in north-western Africa)Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Mar Jodj

Here is a magnificent table of sand made by the local artist of Senegal. I don’t know what to say, I’m falling short of words. It’s gorgeous!

4. Colorful Designs Made from Flowers and PlantsRangoli Designs Courtesy of Kathy Klein

Kathy Klein, an artist and “lover of plants, animals, people and the divine presence within all,” creates beautiful flower mandalas.  And, she calls them “danmalas,” out of intricate arrangements of natural plant parts.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Kathy Klein

An exquisite pattern made using different parts of a plant. Danmalas or call it a new version of pookalam design from south India.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Kathy Klein

Arizona-based artist Kathy Klein uses flower petals of carnations, daisies, mums and other wild flowers to create pretty mandalas.

5. Tibetan Sand MandalaRangoli Designs Courtesy of Insight State

Tibetan Buddhist monks can spend weeks creating the large, intricately crafted sand mandalas — an ancient, sacred art form dating back more than 20,000 years.

Rangoli DesignsCourtesy of Inside Illinois

They are known as dul-tson-kyil-khor, or mandala of colored powders.  These mandalas are often destroyed right after they are made as they represent the cycle of birth and death (samsara) and the nature of impermanence.

6. The Denver Chalk Art FestivalRangoli Designs Courtesy of Mille Fiori Favoriti

This is Denver chalk art festival where artists used chalk to create attractive artwork. Well, we too use chalk powder to create rangoli designs. Isn’t it?

International Rangoli DesignsCourtesy of Mille Fiori Favoriti

More than 200 artists turned the streets of Larimer Square into a gallery of street art paintings.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Mille Fiori Favoriti

This colorful portrait of Marilyn Monroe attracted a lot of attention.

7. 3D art with ChalkRangoli Designs Courtesy of Tracy Lee Stum

3D chalk art is created using a projection technique called anamorphosis. When viewed from a particular angle, this technique creates the illusion of 3D.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Edgar Mueller

Artists create amazing art with only a packet of chalk. I guess imagination paves way to wonder.

8. Navajo-Sand Painting by Native AmericansRangoli Designs Courtesy of Kids Britannica

A Navajo man creates a sand painting. The Navajo often produce such paintings during healing ceremonies. Navajo are the Native American people of south-western United States.

9. Street Art from Tenerife, SpainInternational Rangoli Designs  Courtesy of Dom Fernando

The town hall square of La Oratava in Tenerife hosts one of the most beautiful floor paintings from around the world.

International Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Dom Fernando

Using colored sand and thousands of rose petals, the narrow streets of the city are taken by the images.

International Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Dom Fernando

It attracts visitors from around the world and is considered a cultural tradition of the region.

10. Sand Art in BottlesRangoli Designs Courtesy of Sand Art Photo

This is another form of sand art where coloured sand is placed in glass bottles forming detailed intricate designs.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Bondi Classifieds

Sand bottles are made by filling a clean glass or plastic bottle with different colors of sand. Other sand bottles have the beach concept and some have color combination concept. They come in various sizes and designs as well.

Rangoli Designs Courtesy of Gallery Hip

This artist is making sand art in a bottle. The artists use a small metal rod to manipulate the sand and the result is amazing.

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