The dot/point - a timeless, reliable classic. It has no beginning and no end, no up and no down, no left and no right. It hides, tiny and unimposing, at the end of a sentence. It adorns pieces of clothing, crockery, and accessories in all sizes and colours. Dots are a very popular pattern for wallpapers. Without full stops, the written language wouldn't make sense, and it carries great symbolism. It’s not an invention of recent times - it’s been helping people express themselves for a very long time. As for wallpapers, black dots on a white background or white dots on a red background are very fashionable. But dots can also be as colourful as confetti. They can be arranged evenly or strewn across your wallpaper in a random pattern. They draw the eye and create a joyous mood. At first glance, the dot seems inconspicuous, and yet it carries huge correlations.
On a path to history
Points or dots can also be found in the Maya numerical system. There were no characters for the numbers 1 - 4. Instead, they were represented by dots. The number 5 is a bar. And the number 6 is a combination of a dot and a bar. In Egypt and ancient Greece, three points were used as abbreviation signifiers, often following hieroglyphs, and later letters. In the 18th century, the Freemasons adopted this use of points, which is why they were also known as the “Three Point Brothers” (Fréres-Trois-Points). During the Middle Ages, potters decorated their wares with patterns of dots and circles in order to create a more individual look. The Aborigines in Australia tell their tribal history via the so-called “dot art”. Points and dots can be found in every culture - ample proof of their timelessness.
The linguistic aspect of points
We see dots (points) in large variety in our day-to-day life. They are part of our everyday language, signifying the familiar, and they are as inconspicuous as they are significant. In terms of time, there is a point of beginning and a point of ending. The point of origin stands for the absolute beginning. And every centre is considered the midpoint. Points of view are the different aspects of a topic, which might also be supported by corner points. A turning point in one’s life or in a story is the point in time when change occurs and a new door opens. If someone waffles on and digresses from the topic too much, they are asked to “get to the point”. The point (or full stop) is an important element of our language, which would not work without it.
The point and its symbolic character
Aside from its linguistic significance, the point also has huge symbolic significance in many cultures and religions. It often represents the centre of the divine, or the beginning of creation. In Buddhism, the point symbolises the origin or genesis of the universe (Bija). Helices emanating from it are signs of his power. In Alchemy, the point represents the perfection of nature, and in evolutionary terms it is the beginning of everything. In Hinduism, the Divine rests in the Shiva dot, the Bindu, which symbolises divine power. A dot applied on the forehead as a religious symbol is also a popular facial adornment. This dot is known as a “Bindi” and used to be only worn by married women. These days, it is also often seen on children and unmarried women. Originally, it marked the location of the Secret Knowledge. It is either painted between the eyes with red dye or stuck on in the form of a small gem.
Points of Positivity
The point/dot has an inherent positive force. It embodies lightness and kindness in its symbolism. Dots make us feel fresh and happy. So why wait until we stumble across dots by chance alone to feel their positive effects. Why not bring this effect right into your own home? We have a multitude of wallpapers to make that dream come true. Perhaps with a little attention-grabbing feature wall - or why not expand your polka dots to a larger surface area? A feeling of positivity will follow you all day long. The dot as a basis for wallpaper patterns is as multifaceted as its meanings, significance and applications in a general context. A pattern of evenly distributed colourful polka-dots on a white background makes every kitchen the bright and happy centre of daily life. You’ll enjoy the benefits from breakfast to dinner. Dot-shaped light reflexes on a natural background add a glamorous touch to every room and are particularly suitable for bedrooms. And colourful dots that look like splashes of paint are any child’s dream for their bedroom walls. In combination with flowery patterns, dots create a romantic ambience. There is a “dotty” wallpaper for every taste and age - just waiting for you to introduce it to your home.