The History of Herringbone and Chevron
Nowadays, we typically reserve herringbone for fabric and interior. However, initially the pattern’s first use was in the Ancient Roman Empire, mainly used in building sturdy paved roads arranging by arranging rectangular blocks. The name herringbone was inspired by the bone structure of the herring fish.
Chevron was first seen in the Bronze Age depicted on pieces of pottery. The word chevron is French and derives its meaning from the Latin word Caprio, or rafter, due to its resemblance to buildings rafters.
Spotting the Difference between Herringbone and Chevron
Herringbone and Chevron look similar and can be easily confused. The key difference is the angle at each carpet is cut.
- Herringbone is a V-shaped staggered weaving pattern, also called a broken twill weave.
- Chevron is an inverted V pattern with each side meeting at a point.
- Chevrons are cut at a 45-degree angle.
- Herringbones are cut at 90-degree angle.
- Chevron creates a zigzag pattern, coming to a point at the top of each zigzag.
- Herringbone still has a zigzag pattern, but you will find it is more of a staggered effect.
Chevron can give a very modern and contemporary feel. However, they both give you a timeless and classic look and are becoming more and more popular again.
Be sure to scroll all the way down to see all of our Herringbone and Chevron installs!
Our Herringbone Installs
Our Chevron Installs