Although 2012 could rightly be called the year of the chevron, another bold, vibrant pattern stands poised to oust the ubiquitous zigzag in 2013: the Greek key. Also commonly referred to as ‘Greek lines,”Greek fret’ and ‘Meander,’ the motif shows up in single bands on most pieces of Greek pottery found from the Geometric Period onward, and is thought to symbolize unity.
While typically presented in bands or full patterns, the Greek key is now being interpreted more broadly into singular pieces of line art with similar 90-degree angles and heavy line weight as seen in the traditional meander, but with creative results straying from the original form.
It’s particularly eye-catching on brightly-colored pillows like the set from Live Like You shown above.
Since the pattern is undeniably bold, it’s generally used in small doses and is becoming rather popular in pillows and throws, but the occasional signature piece of furniture can be a gorgeous and unexpected place for it to pop up as well.