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Introduction

The images (tiled panels and borders) are organized by the Celtic technique used to create them:

Each page contains both borders (used to separate parts of a page) and panels (that "tile" to form seamless Web page or window backgrounds).  Each page is then divided into sections by the underlying original pattern used.   For example, several panels and borders are based on a pattern from the Book of Lindisfarne folio 95 and the Book of Kells folio 124R.  The basic pattern looks like:

The Knotwork page includes several clip-art images based on this underlying pattern, followed by images from another pattern and so on. The annotation includes the original, primary source for each design, and provides as much background as possible.  If the pattern was found pre-analyzed in a secondary source document, the document reference is included--see the Tutorial Bibliography for the list of source documents.

All the images in these pages are either 256 color .GIF, 256-color .PNG, or 24-bit color .JPG files.  For convenience, the backgrounds and panels found in this collection are all included in the cell_images.zip archive.

Visual Source Index

You may review clip art materials on this site using the Visual Source Index in the table below. Please click on any of the links shown to see clip art from the site using the pattern associated with a particlar Insular Celtic, Northern Europoea, or Cental Asian artifact.


Original Source:

Source Notes:

Basic Pattern:

Clip Art Links:

Durham Gospels

AII.10, folio 3V.

Knotwork Tile 27
Knotwork Border 9

Book of Durrow

Folio 86R.

Knotwork Tile 14

Folio 125V (Plate 6).

Knotwork Tile 15
Knotwork Tile 15

Folio 125V.

Combination Border 2

Plus others.

Knotwork Tile 26

Also known as the "Celtic Lovers Knot"

Knotwork Tile 13
Knotwork Border 5

Eagle evangelist page, Folio 94R.

Knotwork Tile 30

Folio unknown

Knotwork Tile 29

Book of Kells

Folio 114V.

Knotwork Tile 16

Capital T, Folio 124V.

Knotwork Tile 4

Folio 114V, and many others.

Knotwork Tile 17

Folios 3R, 4R.

Knotwork Tile 25
Knotwork Border 7
Circular Tile 9

Folio 3R, right hand column.

Knotwork Tile 23

Large capital T, Folio 124R.

Knotwork Tile 20

Folio 2V, 129V, and 290V.

Knotwork Tile 21

Folio 290V, similar to Woodwray Stone design.

Knotwork Tile 6

Folio 291V.

Combination Tile 6

Folio 27V.

Keywork Tile 1

Folio 29R.

Spiral Border 2

Various folios

Keywork Border 1
Keywork Tile 3
Combination Border 1

Unknown folio

Spiral Border 1
Spiral Border 3
Keywork Border 2
Keywork Tile 6
Combination Border 2

Book of Lindisfarne

Folio 210.

Knotwork Tile 19

Folio 95--considered popular motif.

Knotwork Tile 25
Knotwork Border 7
Circular Tile 9

Folios F27 (center), 2B, 94B.

Knotwork Tile 11
Knotwork Border 3

Folio 27 (and others).

Knotwork Tile 4
Knotwork Border 1
Combination Tile 4

Folios 13B, 14, 95.

Knotwork Tile 24
Knotwork Border 6

Folio 13, and many others.

Knotwork Tile 22
Knotwork Border 2

Folio 13.

Knotwork Tile 23

Folios 94B, 95.

Knotwork Tile 26

Folio 210B.

Knotwork Tile 21

Theme from Folio 11B.

Knotwork Tile 28
Knotwork Border 8
Circular Tile 1
Circular Border 2
Combination Tile 3

Folio 27, right side.

Knotwork Tile 5

St. Chad's Gospels

Folio 221.

Knotwork Tile 25
Knotwork Border 7

Aberlemno Stone

Front cross arms.

Keywork Tile 4

Cross center roundel.

Spiral Tile 1
Spiral Tile 2
Spiral Tile 3
Combination Tile 3

Bore-Stone of Gask

From the font of the stone.

Circular Tile 4
Triangular Tile 7
Combination Tile 4

Britford Stone

From the decorated slab making up the north archway of the Church of St. Peter, Britford, Wiltshire

Circular Tile 4
Triangular Tile 7

Cadboll Stone

Based on Hilton of Cadboll Stone (front) pair of roundels.

Circular Tile 2

Dunfallandy Stone

Front, center of the cross.

Triangular Border 1
Triangular Tile 5

Golden Grove Stone

From the stone in Carmarthenshire, Wales (also called Merlin's Stone).

Keywork Tile 5

Govan Stone

From a carved cross at the Govban Old Parish Church

Triangular Tile 1
Triangular Tile 8

Great Wheel-Cross of Corbelin

Front of stone cross, Margram Abbey, Glamorganshire.

Knotwork Tile 31

Lärbro Stone (1)

Front of carved stone, Gotland, Sweden.

Knotwork Tile 32

Lastigham Cross

Center roundel.

Circular Tile 3

Leek Stone

Plus many others...

Knotwork Tile 23
Combination Tile 8

Maiden Stone

Also called "Double Stafford Knot".

Knotwork Tile 18

Meigle Stone

Also known as the "Celtic Lovers Knot"

Knotwork Tile 13
Knotwork Border 5
Circular Tile 8
Combination Tile 7

Plus the Farr Stone, other Pictish stones and manuscripts...

Spiral Tile 4

Monifeith Stone

Also found on Ardagh Broach.

Knotwork Tile 7
Knotwork Border 4
Combination Border 1
Combination Border 3

Nigg Stone

Similar to one on Kells Folio 29V.

Keywork Border 3
Keywork Tile 7
Combination Tile 1
Combination Tile 2
Combination Tile 5

Front, base of cross.

Keywork Tile 2

Norham Stone

Back panel. Similar to one on Lindisfarne Folio 27.

Knotwork Tile 5

Rosemarkie Stone

Also known as the Rosemarkie Cross. From the front, cross center.

Triangular Border 2
Triangular Tile 6

St. Andrews Stone

Cross shaft.

Keywork Border 4

Back of cross-slab fragment 21.

Keywork Tile 8

Strathmartine Stone

From the front of the cross slab

Triangular Tile 11

Tarbat Stone

Compare pattern with Lindisfarne F27 above, located at: Knotwork Tile 11.

Knotwork Tile 12

Based on a multi-radius spiral from the front.

Spiral Tile 5
Spiral Tile 6

Ulbster Stone

Hoizontal ends of the cross on the front, and forming the cross on the back of the stone.

Circular Tile 5
Circular Border 1
Triangular Border 3
Triangular Tile 2
Triangular Tile 10
Combination Tile 1
Combination Tile 2
Combination Tile 5
Combination Tile 6

Vertical ends of the cross on the front of the stone.

Circular Tile 6
Triangular Tile 10

St. Vigean's Stone

Front of Stone Number 1.

Knotwork Tile 9

Side of Stone Number 1.

Knotwork Tile 10

Back of Stone Number 1, top.

Circular Tile 7
Triangular Tile 3
Triangular Tile 9

Woodwray Stone

Similar to one on the Nigg Stone and Kells 290V.

Knotwork Tile 6

Ardagh Broach

Simplest of what [Meehan2] refers to as the "spiral knots"--found many places.

Knotwork Tile 22
Knotwork Border 2

Also found on Monifeith Stone.

Knotwork Tile 7
Knotwork Border 4

Monymusk Reliquary

Simplest of what [Meehan2] refers to as the "spiral knots"--found on many artifacts.

Knotwork Tile 22
Knotwork Border 2

Unknown

First try at Durrow 125V. See above for correct pattern...

Tnotwork Tile 2

Based on R. Allen "Foundation Knot" No. 2.

Knotwork Tile 1

[Meehan2] refers to these as "Spiral Knots".

Knotwork Tile 8

Using Images from this Site

Hope you enjoy and can use some of these in your own work!  If you do, please download them rather than linking.   Also, please acknowledge the source and provide a back link to my main home page:

http://mihaloew.guru/celtic

Thanks!


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