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Dating back to Roman architecture, the chevron pattern is apparent throughout Europe where it became an architectural feature used to create impactful design definition. Chevron planks meet in perfect points like a long array of arrows. The pattern is also known as point de Hongrie (or Hungarian herringbone), after an embroidery stitch (known as Flame Stitch) that came into style during the 16th century. One theory historians have about the origins of the pattern is that it emerged from the marriage of two embroidery stitches popular in the 13th and 14th centuries: the Gobelin (or brick stitch) and the Hungarian (or zig-zag stitch). The resulting combination was a favourite of Princess Elizabeth of Hungary, who traveled to Perugia, Italy, so often that many believe this is how the pattern became so popular with Italians.
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