General patterns

Knotwork Interlace- The pattern shows the interconnection of life and mankind's place within the universe. For instance, the Trinity knot represents the Holy Trinity or the Triple Gods Goddesses of the ancient Celts and the Lover's Knot represents the concept of two become one resembles intertwined infinity symbols . Spirals- Spirals shows the accomplishment of an individual to balance his inner and outer self and reflects on his personal spirit. The pattern also symbolizes the Cosmos, Heavens...

Origins of Celtic knotworks

The Celtic knots were the creation of Celts in the early Celtic Church who resided mainly in Ireland. Around AD 450, Christian Celtic artwork was influenced by pagan Celtic sources which incorporated an additional knotwork category of life form motifs. The Celtic knots then spread to the Scottish Highlands and Europe via missionary expeditions. This traditional culture of knotworks in manuscript painting was passed down orally with non-existent written records. Many groups of people began to...

Mathematical observations

Iain Bain Celtic Knotwork

There are many types of knotwork in various religions or groups. However, below are the observations that distinguished celtic knots from others 1 The strong diagonals in celtic knots are based on the 3 4 5 triangle, otherwise known as the right-angle triangle. 2 At almost every corner of any celtic knots, we can see pointed spades. This is done so as to connect the cord element to fit a corner. 3 The interlacing of the cords is consistent they alternate between overs and unders, which...

Uses

Celtic Knot Artifacts

There are a wide variety of uses for Celtic knots. Its complicated and yet, intricate designs have enabled artists to incorporate them into their works. Celtic knots can be used to decorate simple merchandise and also be used to bring about a dignified elegance to every occasion. The Celtic knots have graced many different types of jewellery. For instance, the Celtic love knots have been used on many occasions to celebrate the union of two individuals with Celtic designed rings. The uniqueness...

Geometric motifs

Celtic artwork has always been famous for its geometric motifs. Some of these outstanding works date back to 3000 BC and can still be found on stone carvings today. The picture shows a single clockwise spiral. This design has the oldest history and is the most recorded of the motifs. In some culture, the single spiral may symbolize growth, expansion and even cosmic energy. For instance, the ancient inhabitants of Ireland used the spiral to represent the sun and a tightly wound, clockwise spiral...

Why was it created and which group of people used it

Knot Patterns

Celtic knotworks were created for secular and religious purposes. It was meant for decorative aims to ornate Bible manuscripts and monuments like Celtic crosses and jewellery. The early Celts began this legacy of knotworks that consisted of animals and spirals, drawn with such detail that they became known as the work of angels. Each knot meant a virtue like strength or love. Celtic book like the book of Durrow illustrates the early Irish style where ribbons are coloured in a certain way. The...