in the visual arts, individual design element, alone or combined to produce a pattern

In art, a motif About this sound(pronunciation)  is a repeated pattern, image, or theme. Paisley designs are called motifs. Many designs in mosques in Islamic culture are motifs. Two major Roman motifs are egg and tongue, and ball and reel.

Plant motif, Taj Mahal

Motifs may have iconographic significance within a work of art.