Origin and History of the Celtic Knot
Celtic knots are beautiful pictorial representations of knot work and patterns used for decorative purposes in Celtic Insular Art. Celtic knot patterns feature in numerous examples of illuminated manuscripts such as the book of Kells which dates back to the 9th Century as well as on monuments such as Celtic crosses as well as manuscripts. The knots are formed from various patterns and shapes including animals, mythical creatures as well as spiral patterns and plait work. The example shown below is taken from the Book of Kells and features a bird entwined to form a beautiful initial letter. The letter also includes several different examples of knot work.
Example of Celtic Knot Pattern
Celtic Knot Irish Symbol
Celtic Knots are found practically anywhere today, from rings, necklaces, ornaments and other household decorative items to Celtic crosses! Lots of gift items incorporate Celtic knots and these items can make perfect gifts for the person who has everything including Celtic or Irish heritage! There are a variety of different knots, some more ornate than others but still just as beautiful. Each of the knots has a specific meaning; for example the Trinity knot which Christians believe represents God in his three forms, God the Father, Jesus Christ his son and the Holy Spirit and is shown below.
Celtic Knot Irish Symbol - Trinity Knot
The Celtic Trinity Knot is also known by the name 'Triquetra' meaning three cornered shape. It is a popular feature in Celtic art, more specifically in Insular art which is found in many beautiful illuminated manuscripts. The trinity knot is believed to represent God as three separate forms; the father, the son and the holy spirit. These three forms exist as one, hence the intertwining form of the knot. An example of the Celtic Trinity Knot is shown below:
Example of a Celtic Trinity Knot
Celtic Knot Irish Symbol - Images
Below we have shown some more examples of Celtic knots, the image on the left shows several trinity knots surrounded by a circle. The meaning of the trinity knot is explained above, the addition of the circle is thought to represent eternity or gods everlasting love for us.
Image of different Celtic Knot Designs
Facts about the Celtic Knot Irish Symbol
Celtic Knots were used for decorative purposes, they are pictorial representations of knot work and patterns and used for decorative purposes only
Each Celtic Knot has a specific meaning
Celtic knots were used for decorative purposes on paintings, manuscripts and stonework such as Celtic crosses
Today Celtic Knots are commonly used for Tattoo designs, Jewelry items such as chains and rings as well as many other household items
Celtic knots are often referred to as Endless or Mystic Knots. Most Celtic designs incorporate either Endless or Basket weave knots, click here for more examples of knots - Celtic Patterns
Image of a Celtic Knot Design