The Unmistakable Patterns of Upcountry Roofs

The Wanderlust Gene

The early colonial settlers – the Portuguese and the Dutch – brought, or recreated their gorgeous terracotta half-round tile roofs when they built, down around the coasts

but upcountry, in the Kandyan Kingdom, things were different.  Upcountry roofs bear a common, and unmistakable use of pattern on flat stone, flint or terracotta tiles.

Upcountry Roof in Stone

And while we’re on roofs, and patterns

and the simple patterned bronze sheeting on the dome of the Chatham Street mosque:

Swirl in Bronze

Finally – to rest our necks – simple patterned paving stones.  The device of indenting leaf patterns into wet concrete was begun by Bevis Bawa and his friend, Donald Friend, simply through lack of choice – concrete was pretty well all that was available, so they used it.

Pattern Inprints

This link for or other – gorgeous – patterned posts in response to this weeks Photo Challenge.

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