Celtic Knot Styles:
Archaeologists employ an indexing system of archaeological styles from I to VI to identify interlacing line patterns from different historical periods, patterns found on burial mound artifacts such as swords, shields, scabbards, helmets, jewelry, household implements and stone carving. However, Celtic knot work designs can be easily categorized into knot work borders and panels, spirals, key patterns, Zoomorphic, lettering and human figures. Oberon Design features Celtic love knot, braid and cross designs that represent the knot work category, a Celtic hound design representing Zoomorphic or bird and animal design styles, and our Triskellion Knot is a classic example of the spiral category.
Interlocking patterns began appearing in architectural details, textile, pottery and metallurgy in the third and fourth century in Byzantine or Roman, Islamic, North African and European cultures. From the 7th to the 10th century, knot work patterns were further developed by pagan Celtic cultures, later blossoming artistically as a part of their assimilation into the Roman Christian spiritual traditions, as expressed by the Book of Kells. The knot work designs of unending lines are imbued with the concept of regeneration and spiritual renewal. The mix of both pagan and Christian belief systems practiced by the ancient Celts led to a cultural and artistic emphasis on the inter-connectedness of life. This and a devotion to mathematical precision, coupled with a collective passion for three dimensional forms, led to an enduring art form that continues to resonant with art lovers and makers in the 21st century and beyond.
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