A decorative or ornamental knot, also cald a fancy knot is an often complex knot exhibiting repeating patterns. A decorative knot is generally a knot that not only has practical use but is also known for its aesthetic qualities. Often originating from maritime use, decorative knots are not only serviceable and functional but also enhance the ship-shape appearance of any vessel. Decorative knots may be used alone or in combination, and may consist of single or multiple strands. Though the word decorative sometimes implies that little or no function is served, the craft of decorative knot tying generally combines both form and function.
Coxcombing is a decorative knotwork performed by sailors. The general purpose to dress-up items and parts of ships and boats during the age of sail. Modern uses are to wrap boat tillers and ships' wheels with small diameter line to enhance the grip as well as the nautical appeal. Knots used in coxcombing include Turk's head knot, Flemish, French whipping, and others.