The Chevron pattern – a Popular motif for Designers

Chevron Pattern

Ancient History

The chevron, seen on pottery and petrographs all over the ancient globe, is one of the oldest symbols in human history, with V-shaped markings dating back to the Neolithic age (6th to 5th millennia BC) as part of the Vinca symbols catalogue. The chevron appears to have been utilised as a part of a broader proto-writing system rather than for heraldic or ornamental purposes by the Vinca civilisation responsible for the markings. The symbol is not known to have been passed down to any later cultures.

Many of the more recent specimens dated from around 1800 BC were discovered as part of an archaeological excavation of pottery designs from the palace of Knossos in Crete in modern-day Greece. Sparta (Lacedaemonia (v)) employed a capital lambda on their shields. The Nubian Kingdom of Kerma created ceramics with a decorative repertory limited to geometric motifs such as Chevrons.

Chevron pattern a Valuable Design Motif

Chevron has been growing in popularity for years and shows no signs of slowing down. As a pattern, it is a repeating V-shaped stripe found in everything from pillows to runway outfits to wallpaper.

Iconic Form in Heraldry

The iconic chevron form is elongated into a multi-purpose design tool in a stripe, a spin on the basic zigzag pattern. Single chevrons have been seen on badges and emblems, but the pattern is formed by repetition.

A chevron is a common symbol in heraldry, one of the most basic geometrical patterns seen on many coats of arms. A chevron is made by selecting a visually appealing angle, such as the Golden Angle or any other angle preferred by the artist. It can be altered in a variety of ways, including inversion. It’s called รฉclatรฉ when the ends are sliced off in an irregular zig-zag pattern that resembles the splintered ends of a shattered piece of wood. A chevronel is a diminutive, shown at a smaller size than an ordinary one.

Chevrons first emerged in heraldry throughout the Middle Ages, particularly in Normandy. The chevron is known as sparre in Scandinavia, and an early form may be found in Armand Desmondly’s arms.

Chevron Pattern Motif for Surface Decoration

It is a symmetrical V shape that can be considered an equilateral or isosceles triangle with the third side cut off. It has always been a valuable motif in surface decorating, whether it is repeated, bordered, interlaced, or diapered. 

Hand Woven Jute Cotton Chevron 2'x3' Throw Rug- Indoor/Outdoor
Hand Woven Jute Cotton Chevron 2’x3′ Throw Rug- Indoor/Outdoor

Chevron Pattern Significance

The chevron pattern comes from the French word chevron, which means rafter or gable. Although there is no definition to prevent freedom in its shape, the chevron’s angle is most commonly between 60 and 70 degrees. 

Because of its ease of markings and application to material, the chevron has been used to denote ownership and rank since the Middle Ages, when house and possessions marks emerged so widespread. Its military significance on uniforms is almost certainly a result of its early use.

It portrays a mountain in profile and is a common form in Japanese heraldry.

This icon shape adds a sense of rhythm and colour to your room without becoming overpowering. It’s laid-back and welcoming but not overly so.


Wikipedia contributors. (2021, July 2). Chevron (insignia). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 05:19, July 21, 2021, from

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