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Wikidata:Property proposal/has pattern

has patternEdit

Originally proposed at Wikidata:Property proposal/Generic

DescriptionPattern, design, or motif intrinsic to, incorporated into, or applied to the surface of the subject
RepresentsAAT relationship "possess/exist in" used to describe the relationship between a class of objects and their patterns example
Data typeItem
Domainphysical object (Q223557) or its subclasses
Allowed valuesinstance or subclass of pattern (Q2083958), motif (Q1229071), stitch (Q4389726) (others to be added see discussion)
Example 1barber's pole (Q16407)stripe (Q3421342)
Example 2gingham (Q2289640)check (Q14290457)
Example 3Paisley shawl (Q24969701)paisley (Q937704)
Planned useA number of textiles are generally striped, plaid, checkered, flowered, etc. I'll be adding these properties to the items in my worklists.
Expected completenessnot applicable
See alsohas quality (P1552), depicts (P180)


en aliases: has design, has motif, pattern, design, motif

Sources of information on textiles, clothing, and decorative arts often indicate a pattern associated with the item (e.g. seersucker is an intrinsically striped fabric; the Mantle of France is a cloak covered in fleur-de-lis; "calamanco" is an 18th-century wool fabric that is often striped or checkered but sometimes has a floral pattern). As the appropriate items are created, we can also use this property to indicate that a quilt in a museum collection uses the log cabin design, or a type of lace is characterized by wheatears and scallops.

This should also be useful for many other objects: military uniforms with a specific camouflage pattern, zebra crossings which are striped, and so on. The general hierarchy of designs, patterns, and motifs is muddy and incomplete but can be improved in tandem with adding this new property to items. I expect to change the allowed value constraints as we sort out our design hierarchy (currently all of our items called "design" are processes, so I'll be adding one for the design of an object and sorting out its hierarchy.

This property should allow the qualifiers nature of statement (P5102), color (P462), valid in place (P3005), valid in period (P1264), and point in time (P585) (and probably others). PKM (talk) 21:10, 24 June 2018 (UTC)


  Support yes definitely - would be useful in paintings not just for clothing, but also for carpets and honor cloth. Jane023 (talk) 10:10, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

  •   Comment In that case, this property should also be allowed to be used as a qualifier (for example, of values of <depicts>). - PKM (talk) 19:48, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support David (talk) 15:24, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support ArthurPSmith (talk) 18:20, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support, but would be better named as "decorative pattern", to disambiguate from patterns in mathematics, regexes, and so on. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:16, 26 June 2018 (UTC)
I can live with that as long as the aliases are there. - PKM (talk) 04:46, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support for once a somewhat different proposal
    --- Jura 05:31, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

@ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2, ArthurPSmith, Jane023, PKM, Pigsonthewing, Jura1:   Done: has decorative pattern (P5422). − Pintoch (talk) 13:43, 3 July 2018 (UTC)