The History of your Favorite Prints and Patterns

In a showroom like Bockrath with hundreds of prints and patterns many clients can walk in and tell us exactly what they like or dislike. Have you ever considered the history behind the prints you love so much? We did- here’s a little history on what may be the print you pick for your next area rug!

A droplet-shaped motif of Persian origin. Its western name is from the city of Paisley in West Scotland where textiles with this print were produced in the 1800s. Paisley made its return in the 1960s with a contemporary crowd. Fender Guitars even used the pattern on a version of their Telecaster Guitar by applying wallpaper to the body of the guitar.

For being one of the most recognizable and well-known patterns you would think we would know its correct name. The proper name for this timeless print is tartan. The colors and style of a tartan print were used in clothing for different Scottish families. Plaids seem to never go out of style in the fashion and home décor industries.

Polka Dots
This playful print is often found on in fun and casual environments from children’s clothing to furniture upholstery. The first spotting of the polka dot print was on the dresses of flamingo dancers in the 1800s. Through American history the print has been a bold but classic print in woman’s fashion.

The inverted V pattern is found as early as 1800 BC on pottery and rock carvings. The name chevron is also used to describe a type of fret found in architecture. It seems throughout history the style of this pattern has been translated to many different styles but the inverted V is always the main focus. Many coat of arms and badges on police and military uniforms use the pattern. Who knew the chevron print goes much deeper than our favorite toss pillow on the sofa?

Hounds Tooth
The earliest sighting of the print goes back to shepherds and the Scottish Highlands. They liked the weaved print because splashes of mud were not as noticeable due to the business of the print itself. The print received its name from the resemblance to the jagged teeth of a hunting dog. The most common colors of the print are black and white but have been redesigned into many other colorways.

This print got its name from the dyeing process it originated from. In history this technique was created by weaving dyed yarns. Now the print is often created the printed on the fabric. You’ll find ikats used in many different aspects of home design. You can spot this design in traditional homes from its rugs to window treatments and upholstery fabric.

Visit our designer showroom to shop the largest selection of area rugs and patterned carpeting. Once you’ve found the perfect print be sure it’s the perfect size by customizing it in our Custom Rug Studio!