Native baskets are an honest expression of the method of fabrication, creating
varied weaving patterns by
introducing different color and
texture of willow, bark strips or other
natural fibers. However, native pottery is different. The method of building the
pots consists of taking coils of clay
and pinching a stringlike coil into the
desired shape and size, then smoothing out the surface texture with slurried clay to obliterate the coil pattern entirely.
The pottery patterns are then painted
over the smooth surface with different color glazes that have nothing to do with the method of the pot’s construction.
In Experiencing Architecture, Rasmussen likens native basket weaving and pottery to architecture.
Native American rugs
express the weaving construction
in the same way baskets do. The Two
Gray Hills Navajo rug to the left is a rich
geometric study in gray, black and white wool.
One of the ways that Rome
conquered half the world was
by the means of creating roads that
connected it to the rest of their empire.
One of them was called the Appian Way,
and it is the oldest known road in Italy. All over
Rome, you will notice the rich texture of cobblestone
roads and the variety of the worn rounded stones that are
arranged in patterns, contrasting against the flat slabs of stone
that divert water down the streets to storm drains and catch basins.
From 17 Itinerari a Roma by Francois Nizet
One of my favorite
churches in Rome, Borromini’s
Chiesa San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
(1634-67), is a terrific example of textural effects
inside its vaulted dome. Note the rich texture of the
dome in the top right picture. Though the arches form the
necessary structure that holds up the dome, they have been sculpted and formed into highly decorative elements.