Chevron Pattern

Also called zig zag, the debate is still open whether the chevron pattern is a spin off of the herringbone pattern or vice versa. Whatever the case, these ubiquitous zig-zags have roots that date back to 1800 BC and are still very popular centuries later!

How to use CHEVRON patterns

  • Fashion: Zigzag mixes well with stripes. They are after all a sort of stripe that can form a line vertically or horizontally. Use horizontal zigzags in order to give more volume to a silhouette. A perfect trick for women with small breats for example. So to be avoided on areas of the body that are voluminous.
  • Home: When used on classic parquet floor, the zigzag pattern (also called Hungarian Point parquet) adds a certain elegance to the interior of a house. Depending on the orientation and exposure, this Zigzag decor presents different effects and shades that give the room extra character. This is the reason why great attention must be paid to the direction of the pose.

Fun Facts

The use of the word Chevron first appears in the late 14th century. The origin is French (and Latin) and it is derived from the resemblance of the pattern to building rafters.

The use of the Chevron in design is seen in Greece in the 1800’s on ceramics, pottery and rock carving. The repeating carved molding in Byzantine architecture, also referred to in ancient text as a fret, is synonymous with the Chevron. The Art Deco movement and the emphasis on symmetry that it brought launched the chevron to the forefront, and now, it is a foundation for fashion in textile designing.

Western wall of the lobby of the General Electric Building

Leave a Reply