Braided tape

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Viollet-le-Duc : Ornaments of the School of Toulouse
Braided ribbons based on ancient models (1898)

The braided band or wickerwork is an ornamental decorative element, formerly also known as "Geriemsel". It is formed from regularly entwined, ribbon-like lines or stripes. Braided ribbons are mostly used as frame decorations on objects of small art as well as on ceramics, as building ornaments and in illumination. In addition to the strip-shaped braided ornament, there are also extensive braided ornaments in the form of mat or grid shapes.

Spread and history

Ornaments made of wickerwork and knots are geographically distributed over most of the West but also in other parts of the world (Asia, America). Evidence has been preserved from early cultures since the Bronze Age , from Celtic art , the areas of distribution of the Hellenistic-Roman culture, the Islamic-Moorish cultures . The wickerwork flourished in the early Middle Ages and in book illumination until the Renaissance .


See also


  • Wattle. In: Claudia List, Wilhelm Blum: Subject dictionary on the art of the Middle Ages (= Belser Lexicon ). Belser, Stuttgart / Zurich 1996, ISBN 3-7630-2332-1 , p. 120.
  • Gerhard Walcha: Contributions to braided ribbon ornamentation in Scotland (= publication by the architecture department of the Art History Institute of the University of Cologne, No. 10). Cologne 1976 OCLC 3396313
  • Waldtraut Schrickel : On the early historical animal and ribbon ornamentation. Volume I: Similarities and differences in the Franconian and Alemannic regions. Mainz 1979, ISBN 978-3-8053-0374-3 .
  • Rudolf Kutzli: Longobard Art. The language of braided ribbons. Stuttgart 1981, ISBN 978-3-87838-177-8 .

Web links

Commons : Knots and braids  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The large art dictionary by PW Hartmann