Herringbone is a V-shaped zig zag pattern that is most commonly seen in tweed/twill fabric. The herringbone pattern dates to the Roman Empire where it was used in road paving systems.
Herringbone patterns can also be found in the textiles and jewellery
of ancient Egyptian artefacts. The name herringbone derives from the bones of a herring fish, which it closely resembles.
Herringbone tiles can be both pre-made on sheets as you would find with smaller tiles such as mosaics or laid freehand by the tiler using any larger rectangular tiles. Basically, any rectangular
shaped tile can be laid in a herringbone configurations so the possibilities
are almost endless when it comes to designs that can be created.
The Herringbone pattern also has several different iterations. As you can see below, not all herringbone patterns are the same and can be varied to create different and striking effects with your tiling.
Historically, herringbone has been used widely on roads and streets as an artistic design for an otherwise boring and functional element if the streetscape. These days however, we are seeing
herringbone tiles laid widely as features throughout the home everywhere
from kitchen splashbacks to bathroom feature walls and shower niches
Herringbone tiles should be cared for in the same way you would care for the parent material of the tile. To care for your herringbone tiles, you should be cleaning them as required with a pH
neutral detergent such as Aquamix Concentrated Stone and Tile Cleaner.
Herringbone tiles are often confused with other similar pattern tiles - the main one being chevron pattern. The two styles of pattern can be distinguished by the end profile of the material,
chevron pattern is made using rhombus shaped pieces with pointed ends,
herringbone is created using rectangular pieces with square ends.