With so many patterns available, it can be a challenge to remember them all. It can be even harder to describe what each one looks like when it comes time to track it down. It’s easy to remember basic ones likes stripes and florals, but the list is much longer than that. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of seven common patterns, their names, as well as a little bit about them.


  1. Paisley: A term in English used for the word boteh or buta, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian and Indian origin. The pattern, which resembles a twisted teardrop, became very popular in the West during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  1. Chevron: A zigzag stripe pattern, which can also be described as an inverted V shape. The pattern can be traced back to early art including designs on pottery and rock carvings.
  1. Damask: Named after the city of Damascus, Damask can be best described as a reversible figured fabric of silk, cotton, wool, linen, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving. The fabric is often monochromatic, featuring patterns including flowers and fruit.
  1. Houndstooth: A two-tone pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes. In most cases, it comes in black and white, although other colors are sometimes used. Also known as “dogstooth”.
  1. Quatrefoil: Latin, for “four leaves”, the design resembles a four-leaf clover. The design was used regularly in Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Today, it is a popular design for wallpaper, pillows and window treatments.
  1. Ikat: Ikat refers more to the weaving and dyeing of the fabric, rather than the actual pattern. Bundles of threads are bound together with a tight wrapping in the desired pattern and then dyed. The threads are then woven into the cloth once the bindings are removed.
  1. Ogee: The ogee pattern is basically a mirror image of two elongated S shapes, which can sometimes resemble an onion. It’s a popular pattern frequently used in bedding and on rugs.

While these aren’t all the patterns out there, they are some that are harder to remember. Now that you know a little bit more about them, it may be easier to seek them out when it comes time to decorate. We have several of these available, so take the time to browse through our beautiful fabric selection. Do you have a favorite?

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