Are you curious? What is a Quatrefoil?
In architecture and traditional Christian symbolism, a quatrefoil is a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter. Many of you have probably seen these shaped windows on churches, perhaps homes.
A quatrefoil window is a round window that is composed of four equal lobes, like a four-petaled flower. The quatrefoil pattern is common in Moorish and Gothic architecture. Also, many mission style homes have quatrefoil windows.
I had learned about the architectural element, the quatrefoil, while in design school.
I found it very interesting how the shape is being used in today’s modern interior design world. Chair backs, area rugs, fabrics, wallpapers, shower curtains…..the quatrefoil geometry is everywhere.
Proof once again that timeless geometric forms will continue to reappear and reinvent to remain with us.