prints and patterns

These days, there are thousands of different patterns used for fabric. Every day it seems designers are creating new innovative designs to use. Even though there are many unique, one-of-a-kind patterns now being developed, the classics have always held up. When you go to buy new fabric it could be helpful knowing the names and differences of patterns that are commonly used so we are here to assist you.

Awning Stripes: Thick even stripes, usually solid but sometimes separated by thinner different colored stripes. This is a popular choice for outdoor areas, including awnings of course.

Boteh: A highly recognized pattern that can be seen on structures that date back as far back as the 7th century. No days you would probably recognize it as the pattern on a classic bandana. A boteh pattern is perfect for adding a bit wonder to a room. It’s a very popular for a Bohemian style space.

Calico: A pattern with a small floral pattern all around. Usually on a light colored background and in a traditional country style.

Chevron: A classic pattern, widely referred to as “Zig Zag” Typically shown in a horizontal fashion.

Damask: A charismatic pattern, first developed as an old Arabic weaving technique featuring abstract florals arrange in a geometric fashion. Damask patterns are abundantly seen in vintage styles.

Fretwork: Originally an ornamental design in wood, it has been translated on to fabric. Fretwork is an interlaced decorative geometric design.

Ogee: A continuous S shaped curve that creates an onion-like shape. Can be monochrome to very colorful. Typically done in a geometric design and very popular in the 1960s.

Toile: (“twall”) Also known as Toile de Juoy is a monochromatic pattern that repeats a pastoral scene, typically from the 18th century.

Check Patterns

Gingham: A checkered pattern that is defined by even-sized checks and is usually only found with white and another color.

Houndstooth: Uneven and broken checks. Unlike typical checks, hounds tooth is pointy-shaped (like a hound’s tooth) and seems like a tilted design. Normally seen in black and white but can be a variety of colors.

Plaid: Horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines that crisscross each other forming different size checks. Plaid comes in many different colors and sizes.

These are the classic patterns that have lead the way in textile design for ages. There are thousands of patterns from all around the world available for us now but I can guarantee most designers have gotten inspiration from at least one of these timeless designs.

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