While the typical zigzag herringbone structure is mostly associated with old wooden flooring in castles and medieval mansions, the pattern is currently making an incredible comeback in modern homes. Originally invented by the Romans as a very stable way to make brick roads (as opposed to the more vulnerable linear pattern), the herringbone now appears not only on the floor, but also as a mural feature and in textile weaving. The adventage of working in a ‘herringbone way’, is that you do not need long panels of wood or tile to create the pattern. Herringbone is therefore often created with leftovers, what makes it kind of an ecological method too. But so you should be of course, when you are named after a fish.
Text: Charlene Preston