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"Herringbone" Stamped Concrete

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"Herringbone" is the name of a pattern, used, for example, in brick laying. Herringbone stamped concrete patterns can mimic such brick designs. If you view my picture of a herringbone brick pattern, you can see that this is a dynamic design that suggests energy and activity.

In masonry, I think of the herringbone design as consisting of parallel rows of lightning bolts. A herringbone design could also be described as consisting of rows of L shapes; in each row, starting from the bottom L shape (i.e, a vertical brick resting on a horizontal brick), each succeeding L shape is nestled atop the crook formed by the two bricks below it.

The herringbone design is sometimes described informally as simply a "zigzag" pattern. Used on a fabric (in contrast to its use in masonry in laying bricks or in a herringbone stamped concrete pattern), the constituent shape is usually the V rather than the L.

Also Known As: zigzag (informal)
Common Misspellings: herring bone, herrinbone
Examples:
When choosing a stamped concrete pattern for our patio, we found the basket weave design too staid and went with the more dynamic herringbone stamped concrete pattern.

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