Vintage Japanese Patterns and Designs

Thier meanings and symbolism explained with examples. All the vintage images copy-right free.

The history of Japanese patterns and textile designs is a fascinating story of innovation, creativity, and cultural exchange.

 Each pattern and design has its own unique story and symbolism and is a reflection of the rich artistic and cultural history of Japan.

Seigaiha is a repeated pattern of concentric circles that resemble ocean waves. “Seigaiha” means “blue sea and waves,” and the design represents good luck and prosperity.

Tsuru is a repeated pattern of cranes. The crane represents good fortune, longevity, and happiness. It is prevalent in textiles, ceramics, and other art forms.

Sakura is a repeating pattern of cherry blossom flowers, symbolising renewal, vitality, and the fleeting nature of life

Ume is a repeating pattern of plum blossom flowers, symbolising perseverance, hope, and beauty in adversity.

 The Hishi pattern features a repeating pattern of diamond shapes, which resemble the scales of a fish. It is a symbol of good luck and protection from evil.

Seashell patterns are often incorporated into designs alongside other natural elements, such as waves, fish, and flowers, to create a sense of harmony and balance

Ume-gaeshi features plum blossoms and butterflies. The butterflies are depicted with their wings folded as if they are resting on the plum blossoms.symbolising spring and renewal of life.

Kikkou is a repeating pattern of hexagons resembling a tortoise’s shell. The tortoise symbolises longevity and good luck, and the Kikkou pattern represents these qualities.

You can find many more vintage Japanese art patterns photos and designs on Pictureboxblue that are all in the Public Domain and free to print