A Closer Look At Patterns - What Do They Reveal?
While some of the shapes could be geometrical patterns and others more likely to be the ones inspired by the Nature; replicating shapes of the leaves, flowers, droplets of water, ice crystals, waves on the sea and so on.
Leena scooped a handful of white rice powder, and then deftly positioned her thumb over the curve of her index finger to allow the powder escape in a smooth consistent flow through the thin gap of the fingers. Soon an intricate pattern appeared of the floor with thin white lines crisscrossing each other, just outside the threshold of the doorway to her apartment - it is an early morning ritual that Leena never forgets!
The practice of making intricate and elaborate colorful motifs in front of the main door way or courtyard with colored powders, or even plain white rice flour is an age-old practice in India, especially in the Southern states. Their colorful renderings are quite alluring, and if you spot one such motif of rich colors anytime, take a patient and deeper look – you will find unique shapes emerging from the ensemble of patterns. While some of the shapes could be geometrical patterns and others can be more likely the ones inspired by the Nature; replicating shapes of the leaves, flowers, droplets of water, ice crystals, waves on the sea and so on.
ARE YOU WONDERING IN WHAT OTHER WAYS MOTHER NATURE CAN INSPIRE US?
Then, think of a colorful rug on a dull-looking wall of your house, or a rug spread over your old furniture or the carpet that covers the floor of your dining area! The motifs on them are definite attention-grabbers! Their patterns not only transform your living space, they usher in positive vibes and subtly touch your finer senses. Rugs with animal motifs, floral designs, religious themes, tribal or historical narratives in antique designs, placed amidst modern furniture may render the beauty of the place timeless. Decorative rugs often depict symbolism in nature – substituting plants, animals or landforms and other parts of Nature with geometric, simple motifs.
What makes the motifs on rugs and carpets remarkable is the artistic handling of art forms. It can be an arrangement of parallel rows, a concentric mandala, a block pattern or even a free form; and a deeper analysis of the style of each motif would reveal certain uniqueness of a culture where it is created. It can be even expression of a higher and creative realm. Contemporary art forms, of course, enjoy the freedom incorporating more real-life elements and straying beyond the stereotype ways.
Louise Broadhurst of Christie’s Oriental Rugs and Carpets reveals her observation of the different traditional designs: “the herati pattern bears floral motifs at the corners, surrounded by lancet-shaped leaves or fish from weavers of Persia, and the nomadic tribes such as the Qashqai in South East Persia; the harshang or ‘crab’ pattern originated in the Khorasan district in Persia; but the north-west Persian kelleh pattern depict the crabs with open claws. The ancient boteh motif is ‘paisley’ or ‘pear’ shaped, widely used in Persia and India. The central medallion pattern that creates a symmetrical design that originated from earlier 15th century Persian manuscript covers, began to be used in carpet designs in the 16th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the weavers also chose subjects taken from classical prose and poetry.”
CAN PATTERNS ALSO REVEAL SECRETS ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE?
Ever wondered what kind of splendid imaginations could have brought about construction of the New Acropolis Museum, the Alesia Museum, Petronas towers or the Burj Khalifa? Again, a patient look at their architectural styles will reveal the answer – the patterns! Those that invoke grandeur, magnificence and wonder. Next time when you step out of your house, observe the architectural style of buildings in your neighbourhood. Architectural patterns reveal social and economic conditions of people – how a neighborhood of multi-storied apartments differs from the one with independent, uniquely built architectural houses; or a locality crowded with plain and ordinary buildings catering to basic needs of living varies from those with baroque, plush style catering to the rich, eclectic tastes of those who can afford them. The patterns divulge aesthetic sense, economic condition, cultural make-up of the mind of people living therein!
Scientific study confirms that our brains have the capacity to absorb a large amount of information; however, the process is faster and smoother when information is delivered in an organized way. That’s the reason why our brains abhor chaos and are at peace with organized settings. So, when a given space is built into a specific pattern, discern the solution it provides to a unique demand or a necessity of the people in a society. These patterns create connections between the people and how they interact with their environment. It’s no more a wonder than how archaeologists speak volumes about the culture of a place after they discover and excavate remains of old buildings!