There are several classic patterns that deign always comes back to, and right now, Chevron is shining! I see this zig zag pattern on everything from dresses and in fashion, to walls and floors and everything decor. But where did this high energy pattern come from? Who created it and why is it so popular?

Well, it turns out that this pattern has been trendy for about…oh, you know…a few thousand years. The first chevron patterns were found on pottery dating back to 1800 B.C. in Greece. Then, the Roman’s paid a visit and said, hey, let’s put this on the floor! From there, it slowly it made it’s way around the world and onto every product imaginable.

If you look up the word “Chevron” in the dictionary, it states that it is “a badge or insignia consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve of a military or police uniform to indicate rank, merit, or length of service.” Apparently the chevron was, in heraldry, employed as a badge of honor to mark the main supporters of the head of the clan or “top of the house” and it came to be used in various forms as an emblem of rank for knights and men-at-arms in feudal days. According to one legend, the chevron was awarded to a knight to show he had taken part in capturing a castle, town or other building, of which the chevron resembled the roofs.

The chevron has symbolized human strength for thousands of years. Perhaps this is why it’s such a popular design motif. Our subconscious mind works with symbolism in mysterious ways, and this V symbol turned into a pattern brings power, fast movement and excitement to anything it touches. Maybe that’s why it is so popular.

What do you think of Chevron? How would you use it in your house?

 

 

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