Site Home/Introduction
Home
Reed's Celtic Image Collection   Knotwork Clip Art
Knotwork
  Circular Clip Art
Circular
  Keywork Clip Art
Keywork
Triangular Knotwork Clip Art
Triangular
Spiral-design Clip Art
Spirals
Other Celtic Clip Art
Other


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 size desired.

1.

The borders below use a pattern originally from the Dunfallandy Stone.  I picked it up from [BainG] page 41 Plate F.2.  

a. Left: Middle: Right:

b. Left: Middle: Right:
c. Left: Middle: Right:

2.

The border below uses a pattern originally from the Rosemarkie Stone.  I originally found it in [BainG] page 41 Plate F.4.  

a.
b. Left: Middle: Right:

c. Left: Middle: Right:
d. Left: Middle: Right:

3.

The panel below uses a repeating pattern originally from the Ulbster Stone.  I picked it up pre-analyzed from [BainG] page 42, and modified it to work as a border.

a. Left: Middle: Right:

b. Left: Middle: Right:


Triangular Knotwork Tiles

1.

These tiles are based on the simple pattern found on the Govan Stone (see [BainG] page 41 Plate F).  Tiles 1.a, b, d, and f use the basic pattern, while 1.c, f, h and i use a modified pattern that "ties" the tiles together into an overall repeating pattern.  Tiles a-h are rendered in low-contrast shades for web background use, while 1.i is rendered as "gold wire" (higher contrast, more suitable for Win backgrounds).  

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.   f.   g.   h.   i.

2.

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...

a.  

3.

hese are based on a design from the St. Vigeans Stone, found pre-analyzed in [BainG] page 41 Plate F.7.  Tiles 3.a and 3.b are rendered in low contrast shades, while 3.c, d, and e have been rendered in various carved "stone" textures. 

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.  

4.

These tiles are based on a design from the Britford Stone (see [BainG] page 41 Plate F.1 for an analysis of this pattern).  Tiles 4.a and 4.b use the basic pattern, 4.c and 4.d use a modified pattern to make a continuous path between tiles when used as a page-filling background, and c. is the same rendered in a "gold jewelry" style.  

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.  

5.

These tiles are based on a design from Dunfallandy Stone.  I picked up the template from [BainG] page 41, Plate F.2 and modified it to make a continuous path when viewed as a full page/window background.  The first two tiles are rendered low contrast shades, while the rest are rendered using several different "carved stone" effects.

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.   f.  

6.

These tiles are based on part of the Rosemarkie Stone, analyzed in [BainG] page 41, Plate F.4 and modified to make a continuous path when tiled over a page/window.  Tiles 6.a and 6.b use low contrast shades, while c, d, and e are rendered to look like various "carved stones".  

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.  

7.

These tiles are based on part of the Bore-Stone of Gask, analyzed in [BainG] page 41, Plate F.3.  I modified the basic pattern to make a continuous path when tiled over a page/window.   Tiles 7.a thru 7.d are rendered as simple low-contrast shades. Tiles 7.e thru i are rendered to look something like "carved stones".  Tile 7.j was given a "rough gold" texture using a demo version of Flaming Pear's BladePro filter plug-in for PaintShop and PhotoShop.   Finally, 7.k is rendered as "embossed paper" and 7.l as "gold wire".

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.   f.   g.   h.   i.   j.   k.   l.  

8.

These tiles are also based on the simple pattern found on the Govan Stone (see [BainG] page 41 Plate F, and Tile 1 from the Triangular Knotwork Tiles page).   I have adapted this pattern to use equilateral triangles as a basis, while the original used right triangles.  Tiles 8.a and 8.b use simple low-contrast shades (dark and light), 8.c is rendered as "embossed paper", and 8.d and 8.e are rendered as "carved stone".   All but 8.e could work as web page backgrounds.

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.  

9.

As in the set above, these are based on a 60-degreetriangle adaptation of a pattern found on the St. Vigeans Stone, found pre-analyzed in [BainG] page 41 Plate F.7 (The right triangle version can also be found on Tile 3 from the Triangular Knotwork Tiles page).  Tile 9.a is the basic pattern rendered in dark shades.   9.b is the same rendered as "gold wire".   Tiles 9.c thru 9.f use a modified pattern that connects adjacent basic templates to make a continuous pattern over the whole page/window, rendered as simple shades (c, d) and "gold wire" (e, f).   9.a, c, and d are most suitable for web page backgrounds...

a.   b.   c.   d.   e.   f.  

10.

As with Tiles 8 and 9, these tiles are also 60-degree adaptations of a 90-degree pattern found on the Ulbster Stone, found pre-analyzed in [BainG] page 41 Plate F.  Tiles 10.a, b, and c (all suitable for web page backgrounds) are all rendered in shades of gray, while 10.d is rendered as "gold wire".

a.   b.   c.   d.  

11.

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 background use...  

a.  

12.

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 background.

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".

a.  b.  c. 

Home    Introduction    Knotwork    Circular    Keywork    Triangular    Spiral    Other


Copyright © 1997-2014, A. Reed Mihaloew
Mail to: reed_mihaloew [at] verizon [dot] net
Most recent revision: 17 February 2014