Patterns are everywhere. They don’t just exist in math problems. If you train your eye, you can see them on the streets, on buildings, on food, as well as on people’s faces. Being aware of them – and even better, understanding them – can be key to putting a sense of order where there is chaos.
Mathematicians and theorists use them all the time. They use patterns to make educated guesses, develop new technology and solutions, as well as improve critical thinking and logic. And of course, patterns are beautiful. Nature itself is a huge inspiration for patterns: from flower petals, shells, vegetables, to branches, animal prints, and constellations. All you need to do is open your eyes.
Patterns can be new or old, organic or man-made. Weathering and erosion are good examples of natural processes that eventually create gorgeous outlines on rocks, sand, and earth. On the other hand, architecture is a great instance for man. Check out famous landmarks across the world and you will realize how many patterns they possess.
There’s the staircases of Panna Meena ka Kund in Jaipur, India; the Metropol Parasol of Seville, Spain; the windows of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy; and the escalator at the Nu Sentral mall in Kuala Lumpur. They’re all stunning and mind-boggling thanks to patterns.
These texture are also great for your design projects. Check out the easiest way to add texture in Photoshop in several clicks.
Love symmetry and texture? Find these in this free textures collection.
Close-up shot of many sharp seashells.
Close-up shot of a dark shell texture.
Weathered red texture of a wooden boat with the paint peeling off.
Close-up shot of a white wall texture peeling off.
Light blue texture with high detail on a wooden boat.
Close-up shot of a retro wood texture with the color half peeled off.
Crumbly texture on an old boat side painted in black, blue and red.
Pink, grungy texture that’s been touched by time.
Close-up shot of a black stone texture.
Black and white photography of a geometric pattern with a dotted texture.
Rusty wall texture photographed from up close.
Old damaged wooden texture with the paint peeling off.
Amazing dark green tropical leaf with light green edges photographed from up close.
Colorful roof tiles in a beautiful pattern.
Geometrical black and white pattern.
Pink and blue graffiti background photographed from up close.
Islamic architecture pattern on a Mosque wall.
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