Image Collection: Triangular Knotwork Designs
Many Celtic-style patterns are based on grids based on triangles rather
than squares or rectangles. These seem to be (for some reason)
especially popular on the many carved standing stones in the British Isles--
especially on those in eastern Scotland.
Clip art materials using triangular knotwork patterns are divided into
the following categories:
Triangular Knotwork Borders:
These images include both horizontal separator "lines" and vertical
backgrounds with left-hand borders. Please click on the bordered thumbnails
to see the full-size images.
Where possible, the components of the borders are provided. That is, the
left edge, the center (middle) repeated section, and the right edge are
provided as seperate files. These may be combined to make borders of any
Triangular Knotwork Tiles
Copyright © 1997-2014, A. Reed Mihaloew
This tile (using "triangular knotwork") is
based on a design from the Ulbster Stone
(see [BainG] page 42). It seemed appropriate to
render it using a stone texture...
This tile is based on a design from the
Strathmartine Stone (see [BainG] page 47 Plate 6 for
an analysis of this pattern). It is rendered as
"gold wire" which makes it a bit too high contrast for web
These tiles use a simple equilateral triangle
design common (as a space filler or accent) to most Celtic
Insular sources. I've simply adapted it to make a tiled
Tiles 12.a and b are rendered in shades of gray (and thus
are low contrast enough to be used a web page backgrounds),
while 12.c is rendered in "gold wire".
Mail to: reed_mihaloew [at] verizon [dot] net
Most recent revision: 17 February 2014