Herringbone is simplistic. It is called herringbone because it looks like the skeleton of a herring fish. The bodies of fish are somewhat complicated in comparison to strategically placed rectangles and patterned cloth. The actual pattern of herringbone is a bit more beautiful than fish skeletons. We think. Our herringbone leather coasters are simple and beautiful; a pattern found in other products that we wanted to emulate.
Herringbone is the pattern found often in twill cloth; a V-shaped chevron. Tweed also normally has a herringbone pattern. It is often found on the most formal and elegant menswear; on suits and coats. Herringbone is also a pattern found on sidewalks in cities and tile floors in homes; a simple tessellation found on the ground the world over.
Herringbone is a tesselation. The blocks are normally parallelograms or rectangles, but can even be a shape like hexagons. The sides often have a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1; but there are no rules as to of what they must be. Truthfully, the herringbone pattern can be found almost anywhere - it is used in masonry, knitting, weaving, embroidery, and woodworking. It is a super simplistic concept that inspires patterning the world over.
Since it is loosely defined it is open to creative interpretation. We put a herringbone pattern on our leather coasters, denoted via alternating grooves in the leather. We were inspired to take a novel take on an old pattern; adding a new complexity to something seemingly ordinary. It is indeed a beautiful pattern. Here's to appreciating it when you encounter it next!