The pattern of ripples sent across flat waters have inspired countless textile artists, potters and sculptors to create ridges in wavering lines or in concentric circles, which embody movement and energy.
Ripple patterned fabrics look especially good on flat surfaces where the design can be seen, i.e. screens, walls, upholstery, blinds. pleating and gathering textiles is a way of suggesting the three-dimensional effect of ripples.
Textile finishes or weaves such as moiré suggest water in a subtle manner that works as well gathered in curtaining as it does flat on upholstery.