Celtic Art in the Global Village,
Nevertheless, this art which
the insular Celts elevated to such heights was not invented by them, nor even by their
ancestors. Instead, the art of the spiral, maze and knot grew out of the Neolithic
backdrop to the dawn of civilization in the Near East and North Africa.
Spiral designs are peculiar to the Celts.
There had always been spirals, of course, but the Celtic solution to the method of their
construction was virtually a quantum leap from primitive pattern to a highly developed art
By the end of the Roman period, knot and maze
maze were common throughout Europe. Here we are really dealing with the pan- European
tradition of art, connected to the arts of primitive people the world over, with roots in
the ancient past, yet brought to a pitch of perfection with which there is nothing to
compare in Western art, the closest thing being Islamic pattern, although this came after,
and in many ways followed from Celtic art.