In this category we present you all kinds of Celtic design and pattern types which can be downloaded in a 2D CAD or vector form.
The Celts were a group of tribal societies that lived during the Iron Age, at first only in Central Europe, and later spread westwards as far as to the Irish islands, southwestwards up to the Iberian Peninsula and eastwards up to the Balkan Peninsula. The Celts occupied most of the space around 275 BC, but after the Roman conquest and the arrival of Germanic tribes their territory on the European continent was conquered and a considerable number of them remained only on the British-Irish Isles. The Celts were highly skilled in metalworking and metallurgy and beautifully decorated metal objects have been found in various Celtic archaeological sites. The Romans did not fail to notice the Celtic wealth, and since the Celts were not centrally governed they fell an easy prey to the organized, conquering Roman army. Having been conquered and robbed, the Celtic people had to accept the Roman lifestyle. Nowadays, our knowledge gained on the ancient Celtic culture and art is based on the artifacts found in Celtic archaeological sites because there are very few written records except for the biased texts written by the Ancient Romans who described all others but themseves as barbarians. The old Celtic art was reduced to decorative art as it consisted of decorating jewelry, monuments, weapons, textiles and similar items that the Celts made. The Celts were highly skilled and they developed various kinds of decorative patterns. Nowadays, the most popular is the Celtic knot pattern, among a variety of pattern types that are used: Celtic animal patterns, Celtic spiral patterns, Celtic key patterns...
The Celts commonly used a decorative spiral pattern, while the knot pattern started to prevail on the British-Irish Isles during the early Christian period. This art style is called Insular Art and it can be seen in the early Christian books whose decorations were inspired by ancient pagan Celtic patterns. The illuminated manuscript Gospel Books "The Book of Kells" and "The Book of Durrow" are among the oldest and most significant examples of Insular Art where the most beautiful Celtic patterns can be seen.
All Celtic patterns in this category are free to use for personal use and most of them can be used commercially.
On this page you can download 3 Celtic zoomorphic designs found in the images of scanned pages of illuminated manuscripts.
In front of you is a zoomorphic Celtic frame pattern available for download in 2D CAD and vector file formats.
Here you can download a simple Celtic knot 2D design. The design is of rectangular shape and drawn using a grid in 2D CAD software.
Here you can download a Celtic knot border vector pattern, which is rectangular in shape and composed of one celtic knot design.
On this page you can download a very interesting Celtic pattern which we called the Celtic knot ring pattern.
Here you can download a simple but elegant repeating pattern that, throughout history, has been used by other peoples, too, not just the Celts.
On this page we present and offer to download a free celtic pattern which we named 'Celtic triple spiral symbol'.
If you need free designs inspired by Celtic culture, this collection of Celtic zoomorphic designs may satisfy all your requirements.
If you need free patterns inspired by Celtic culture, this large collection of 39 Celtic knot patterns may satisfy all your requirements.
You are offered a collection of 12 Celtic designs. The collection includes zoomorphic designs as well as those developed in La Tène style.
On this page you can find two very similar spiral Celtic designs originating from the Book of Durrow.