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Chinese Seamless Patterns – Part 1 (Download)

by Kate Walker
May 25th, 2017  |  Design

We are back! With a se­lec­tion of some com­monly used seam­less pat­terns in Chinese tra­di­tion – provided as free vec­tor graph­ics with ed­it­able col­ours. A second por­tion is about to fol­low, so stay tuned!

1. Coin Pattern

Coin pat­tern is of­ten seen in Chinese art – both as a bor­der mo­tif and as a seam­less pat­tern. It con­sists of par­tially over­lap­ping rings that may have a flower or a star in them. The points of over­lap may also con­tain spe­cif­ic ele­ments such as circles, stars, flowers, etc.

Be­low are two of this design's many vari­ations.

Vector graphic free seamless pattern
Vector graphic free seamless pattern

2. Diamond-Work

A pro­foundly used di­aper design in Chinese tra­di­tion with nu­mer­ous vari­ations – as a bor­der ele­ment or even as a back­ground of the en­tire de­pic­ted scene.

This rhomb or square grid can either be left blank or con­tain an­oth­er ele­ment in­side (a flower, star, etc.) as shown in the ex­amples be­low.

Vector graphic free seamless pattern
Vector graphic free seamless pattern

3. Scale-Work

A design as an­cient yet not so com­mon as the pre­vi­ous ones, also known as "the fish-scale pat­tern".

In its simplest form it con­sists of a single-line rep­res­ent­a­tion of the scales. Be­low is a slightly more com­plic­ated ver­sion of it.

Vector graphic free seamless pattern
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