Interlace hexafoil patterns

This is a collection of five Interlace hexafoil patterns. All six patterns are based on images from old books. Hexafoil is a graphic element composed of six overlapping equally sized circles. The term ‘hexafoil’ refers not only to overlapping circles, but also to various other symbols or patterns consisting of six overlapped shapes. The hexafoil was most commonly used in Gothic architecture, and you can often see it on Gothic buildings dating from the 12th to 16th centuries.


Unlike these hexafoils of ours, where whole shapes intertwine, in Gothic architecture the hexafoil was represented only as an outline of six overlapping circles.


The patterns are very simple and you can include them in your collection of geometric design elements, just to be ready until you get an idea on how to use them. Four patterns consist of hexafoils formed by overlapping circles, and the fifth consists of an elongated hexagon swirled around the center, whereby a star-centered hexafoil is obtained.


License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

These free hexafoil patterns are available in 2D CAD (DWG) and vector (EPS, and SVG) file formats.

 

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