Can You Pass This Difficult Pattern Identification Quiz?

By: Kennita Leon
Image: Joe Weisman/Wegmann via wiki Commons

About This Quiz

To put it as easily as we can, a pattern is a decorative design that is repeated. While we could get technical and get into all of the meanings of this word, this is exactly what we're referring to. You've probably seen them everywhere, from the wallpaper in your house to the clothing you wear and the sheets on your bed to the math you did in school. Patterns can be found just about anywhere and are definitely here to stay. But we want to know how much you know about them. Not in the sense that we're going to ask you who created the first pattern or where the word 'pattern' originates, but we want to see if you can identify some patterns from the pictures we're going to show you.

We're going to show you some pretty easily identifiable ones like the polka dot, the cheetah print, camouflage and paisley. But we're also going to give you some exotic ones like the toile, damask, quatrefoil, and chinoiserie. Do you think you'd be able to name these patterns from a picture and a clue (if you get stuck)? It's time to show us how much you actually know about some of the world's most popular patterns.

This decorative pattern gained popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries. It includes a stylized teardrop and remains prevalent in clothing found in Iran and South Central Asian regions.

Traditionally, the Chevron design includes zigzags laid out in a stripe form. When the ends of this pattern meet up, it creates a miter joint.

Originating in woven wool, tartan is made up of crisscrossing horizontal and vertical stripes of multiple colors. This pattern is heavily associated with Scotland because Scottish kilts are mostly made out of Tartan.

A pixelated pattern that allows for an individual to effectively blend into their environment of similar color, camouflage usually has a tan base and will include either green, brown, black, khaki or light gray.

This pattern consists of a group of lines or thick bands of color that contrast an adjacent area. Stripes have been used in the food and fashion industry, as well as being found naturally in nature.

The use of plant and flower motifs help create a pleasing composition to form this pattern. This pattern is regarded as romantic, feminine, and has the ability to enhance home décor.

Through the modification of the stripe pattern by crossing horizontal and vertical lines to forms squares, the check pattern emerged.

This pattern displays a collection of circles that can be the same size and color or can differ in size and color. Traditionally, this pattern is used in the clothing for Flamenco dancers, children's outfits and swimwear.

Resembling the patterning found on the skin of a leopard, it consists of elaborate horseshoe-shaped rings with brown spots in the center. This pattern is extremely popular in the fashion industry.

This graphic ornamental pattern includes spirals and incomplete rolling circle motifs. It can also resemble vines and have leaves and flowers.

Made up of rows and columns of scallop-like shapes, this pattern can be found in nature on fish and it is also used in art deco clothing and art design.

Created by a mass of hexagonal cells, the honeycomb pattern includes cells that are always quasi-horizontal and its non-angled rows are always horizontally aligned.

Throughout history, people in high command would use the coats of the zebra and other animals as a symbol of wealth and status. Animal prints like the Zebra pattern now use fake fur instead of the animals' coat.

This pattern usually consists of a white or off-white background with single-color imagery depicting complex pastoral scenes. The surface decoration is painted onto the fabric of the same name or any cheap material to test the pattern.

Multiple horizontal lines over and underlay vertical lines to create squares. This pattern is most closely linked to woven baskets, knitting, and knot making.

A pattern formed from geometric shapes like lines, ellipses, triangles, circles, rectangles, and polygons being repeated.

Comprising of a dual tone arrangement of broken abstract four-pointed squares, this textile pattern can be dated between 360 and 100 BC with the oldest appearance being the Gerum Cloak.

Influenced by the Southwestern landscape, this vivid color pattern uses lots of reds, oranges and greens along with geometric shapes and repetition.

Characterized by solid black spots somewhat evenly placed on top a tan, brown surface. Cheetah print is popular in fashion accessories and footwear.

A richly patterned fabric that is woven using a single-color yarn to create a tone pattern that resembles matte over a sheen surface.

Produced in the 1920s by a department store in London called Liberty, this pattern includes paisley, abstract symbols, and floral print.

A Harlequin pattern is made up of diamonds and is fashioned after the 16th-century characters from the Italian theater movement. Originally, these comedic characters wore clothes that were sewn together from scraps.

Woven fabrics that are richly patterned, like Damasks and Brocades, are made using a Jacquard loom. This pattern depicts large wove-in designs that are repeated and can also have a tapestry effect.

Made up of checks, this pattern's coloring is on the warm​ side and runs along the grain. Fabric with this pattern is used as an inexpensive test textile, and in the United Kingdom, it is used for young girls' school uniforms.

Characterized by its second non-structural weft pattern, giving it an appearance similar to that of a raised embroidery. Often this pattern includes beautiful floral, animal, or geometric designs.

Distinguished by its lively decorative quality and asymmetry, this pattern is an interpretation of Chinese and East Asian aesthetics.

Interlinking geometric shapes form this classic looking pattern. It is very popular in interior design, home décor, and art deco.

Depicted with an oblong decorative figure, which acts as a frame to emphasize a design element. Cartouche was found on Egyptian monuments enclosing royal or divine names.

A stylized French flower representing a lily, this pattern is popularly used as a decorative motif by Catholic churches.

This pattern gets its name for its resemblance to the bones of a herring fish. It consists of a collection of rectangles or parallelograms.

Created by a central motif that can be oval or circular and is surrounded by multiple decorative borders. This pattern is used in quilt making.

Distinguished by having a fan shape motif, this pattern is ornamental and has a symmetrical spreading above with a single base toward the bottom.

Scottish Highlanders have worn the Argyle pattern since the 17th century. It is made up of diamonds and an overlay of diagonal intercrossing lines.

Formed from irregular twisted lines, this pattern naturally occurs in nature and is seen in seaweed. It is also represented by scribbles and can include dots.

The word Quatrefoil is Latin for ‘four leaves.' This pattern is created by the use of asymmetrical shapes forming an oval outline.

A diamond lattice arrangement mixed with tribal style distinguishes the Moroccan lattice pattern. It is commonly used in tapestry and home décor, like pillows, rugs, and decorative panels.

This very popular pattern can be found in Southeast Asian, American, or Middle Eastern textiles. The term Ikat refers to the dyeing technique that is used to create the design motifs on fabric.

An onion-shaped symbol is used as the main motif of this pattern. This pattern works well for art deco pieces like throw pillows and rugs.

Formed with the use of repeating Diamond motifs linked together, this pattern is also found in the Argyle pattern. Placed on a solid background, the shapes of the diamonds can vary in color and size.

Formed through interlocking motifs that make up a continuous line, this pattern is commonly used in Greece and is applied to clothing, buildings, and art.

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