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.
And while we’re on roofs, and patterns
and the simple patterned bronze sheeting on the dome of the Chatham Street mosque:
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.
This link for or other – gorgeous – patterned posts in response to this weeks Photo Challenge.