I thought I'd start off this week with a little design lesson on pattern. A pattern is defined as a repeated form or design especially used to decorate something (via Merriam-Webster). Patterns surround us in our daily lives, but how often do you see a design you like and are not able to call it by name?
Going off a post I recently wrote about my favorite fabrics, I created a glossary of 30 common patterns that you often see in home decor, fabrics , tiles and fashion. Different textile designers interpret these patterns in various ways, changing up the color scheme, scale, texture, et cetera. The list below shows common examples of each pattern with a short description of characteristics. Hopefully this helps you determine calico from damask and quatrefoil from ogee.