I can remember when Waterworks re-introduced 20’s and 30’s black and white marble basketweave patterns to accompany our Edwardian style pedestal sinks. They were a fresh reminder of a retro design and seemed to be the perfect solution for countless traditional small bath floors. They were an instant hit! The demand for them has increasingly escalated over the years. I am now wondering if it is time to move away from the expected basketweave designs to experience variations on the woven theme. For inspiration, we have looked at the tradition of basketweaving and loom woven fabrics and rugs for pattern and texture.
Since our patterns are fabricated in marble or glass, there is an inherent rigidity to the material; but the incredible variation in a stone’s surface will give the pattern depth. As in actual baskets, we look for interesting and balanced design, color and form. Essentially, it is the illusion and complexity of under/over that makes the pattern successful. And, don’t forget to consider the proportion of the pattern for the size and scale room.
Classic basketweave is always timeless. There is a simplicity to this familiar pattern. But, there are many other ways to achieve a refined and elegant grid. I urge you to explore other woven designs that may add a level individuality and sophistication to your space.