(pronounced STRI-eh / stree-AY)
We know that you know what stripes are, and you have probably even heard the term “striated.” As you can well imagine, these words are related to those. Though the term is used in the medical field to describe some disturbing, irregular dermatological marks, in the design field, stria (singular) and striae (plural) describe the repeated pattern or arrangement of fine parallel stripes, grooves or scratches on a surface. If a textile has a striated pattern, the textile itself can be referred to as a striae. Faux finish artisans “drag” paint on surfaces to create striae patterns, and they often do it to simulate tight wood graining.