The six-point star is an ancient geometric motif prevalent in Islamic decorative art as well as in other cultures. Since the 15th century it is known as the Star of David, because it was adopted by central European Jews as their religious emblem. Later in the 19th century it became the emblem of the Zionist movement.

Six-point star pattern engraved on the 14th century Qaytbay water fountain, Haram al-Sharif.