cuban patterns

03.13.2016

Another visual aspect of Cuba that was consistently striking was its array of patterns. Many buildings in the old town of Havana are decorated with colorful, ornamental, patterned tiles – acting simultaneously as beautiful decorations and as a reminder of its colonial past.

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Some of the patterns and tiles, however, appear to be from a more recent time. This wall in particular seemed specifically modern, artistic, and unique. I love the mix of gridular tiles with more organic cement breaking through the bottom. And let’s not forget that colour palette – I’m bookmarking that for future use!

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Patterns could be seen in other forms too: For instance, in this circular ceiling (forgive my terrible memory and consequential inability to remember where this picture was taken), in ornamental gates and fences, and in stone and ceramic tiles.

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Speaking of stone, not all noteworthy patterns are man-made: Natural patterns on the island are just as (if not far more) abundant and diverse. A few of my favorites include those creates by rocks and stones, the intricate ones in shells and coral, and those found on plants and leaves.

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