Zen gardens with their gravel patterns are usually the first association people have when thinking about Japanese gardens. Reduced and little the eye rest and calm the mind, giving the garden a peaceful atmosphere.
This is where a subtle, yet intriguing design feature of Japanese gardens comes into play – The carefully raked gravel patterns of rock and sand gardens. When the low morning or evening sun casts long shadows in the garden, the texture of rocks and gravel take stage.
Gravel pattern / Sand pattern
- 漣紋 - Ripple patterns
Ryūsui- 流水紋 - Stream patterns
- 曲線紋 - Meandering stream patterns
- 盛砂 - Sand piles
- 植物紋 - Plant patterns
Uzumaki- 渦巻紋 - Vortices
Maru‐uzu- 丸渦紋 - water drop wave patterns
- 直線紋 - Straight line patterns
Ginkaku-ji 銀閣寺 - Gravel pattern of the Silver Pavilion
10 informative pages, packed with
62 illustrations and photographs of gravel patterns