Top Trend: How Herringbone Got Its Name & How to Get the Look

Top Trend: How Herringbone Got Its Name & How to Get the Look

Carolyn Purnell
Jul 11, 2015

T Magazine + herringbone galore

After Paris Fashion Week, T Magazine declared herringbone a trend for 2015. Although it's a woven pattern more commonly associated with fashion, herringbone translates beautifully to the home as well. Read on for a quick description of herringbone and a roundup of products featuring this classic yet cutting edge pattern.

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Herringbone is usually a V-shaped pattern woven into twill fabric, and its name comes from the fact that it resembles a herring's skeleton.

It can be distinguished from chevron, thanks to its break at the reversal point. Think of herringbone as a broken zig-zag, whereas chevron forms sharp Vs.

While herringbone began as a woven pattern, it has been adapted into non-woven media, and as such, it can be found in a number of unexpected places.

1. Herringbone Throw, Barn & Willow, $129 (Barn & Willow works directly with manufacturers to cut out the middlemen, and all their products are ethically made.)
2. Wild Herringbone, Cozamia, from $31
3. Brown Throw Pillow, ReedFeatherStraw on Etsy, $15+ (comes in 7 sizes)
4. Tan Herringbone Hide Rug, Pulp Home, from $234
5. Herringbone Nesting Tray, ebenotti on Etsy, $70 (made to order in 3 sizes)

6. Harris Tweed Clock, Roses Workshop on Etsy, $32.39 (Harris Tweed is dyed, spun, and handwoven in Scotland, and is the only fabric governed by its own Act of Parliament.)
7. Green Herringbone Coasters, HuNu Stone Designs, $26
8. Mini Square Planter, ebenotti on Etsy, $24
9. Herringbone Wall Decal Set, The Lovely Wall on Etsy, $55
10. Herringbone Botanical Sachets, Gardenmis on Etsy, $24 (filled with organic lavender buds, jasmine flowers, and rose petals)

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