The image given design is very impressive and I really liked the designs used as background images and decoration.

Is there a name for this design and author?

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    Isometric tiles are used from ancient times (see also here). Feb 10, 2016 at 9:51
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    I think you can safely assume that the author of this one has passed away more than 60, 600 or 1600 years ago :). This is public domain.
    – Vincent
    Feb 17, 2016 at 15:35

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I don't think there is a licence or a specific creator for this geometric pattern.

But I found it here:

There are many variations of this patterns, like this one

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I honestly think you can recreate this by yourself and use it freely...

Correct me if I'm wrong :)

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    Its a old pattern... old enough for us to have forgotten the original author.
    – joojaa
    Feb 10, 2016 at 9:25

One similar example is the traditional, Japanese Bishamon-Kikkō, Bishamon tortoiseshell or "Bishamon's armor" motif. Traditional examples can be angular or curved but you can find many variations including ones near-identical to your posted image.

There is no universal western name for this pattern but there are terms that define it accurately. It is a seamless/tileable, geometric, isometric, tesselation.

Some stock websites also use the terms "3D" or "optical illusion", although this is usually reserved for shaded versions that simulate a distant, uniform light source. As others have stated it is a very old pattern, seen in multiple cultures, and is most certainly part of the public domain.

bishamon-kikko sashiko

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