The Origins of Herringbone

Herringbone patterns date back to the Roman Empire, where it could be found in buildings and roadways. This interlocking paving system was built on top of a base of crushed stone, which uniquely absorbed the force of traffic and Rome’s many civilians. This configuration proved to be highly functional and durable for its high use. 

In a way the herringbone pattern was a vital instrument in the growth of early cities. Creating and sustaining  roads was revolutionary because cultivating a powerful infrastructure of transportation was vital to maintaining and developing society.

Herringbone can also be traced back to Ancient Egyptian jewelry worn by the elite. However, the earliest herringbone fabrics were found in Ancient Italy. How appropriate is it that herringbone is now a sought-after design in both our homes and professional buildings? This distinctive design can be found throughout Europe much like the use of ceramic and porcelain tile. It is safe to say that both of these styles solidified their foundation in history within the same geographic area. 

Will herringbone ever go out of style? 

It is safe to say that there will always be a place in our interior and exterior designs for herringbone designs. Herringbone has been and will remain one of the more popular kitchen backsplashes, but it is a design choice that will forever be admired in any setting.