Why was it created and which group of people used it

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 book of Kells is renowned as an indispensable source of classic Celtic knots and ornaments, decorating the four Gospels. These books show many variations of Celtic knot works such as interlacing, spiral patterns, key patterns, ropework and plaiting, which are geometric patterns.

Knot Patterns

Meanings of knotwork

Researchers have been trying to discover the secret of knotwork patterns, to find out if there is any particular significance behind each intricate design. In actual fact, the Celts did not assign special ideas or concepts to the patterns but used them mainly as decorations on sculptures and jewellery or to fill up empty spaces in illuminated manuscripts.

However, the interlaced patterns reflected the belief of the Celts in the interconnectedness and continuity of life. Over time, modern meanings have been attached to certain designs but these are based mainly on personal interpretation and may vary between countries and between individuals.

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