Textile Designs

Textile Designs

Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns for Printed Fabrics Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period

Book - 2002
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Covering two hundred years of European and American fabric design from the late 18th to the late 20th century, Textile Designs presents a cross section of the printed materials that decorated our rooms and clothed our bodies. Most were the textiles of the common man. The cloth of everyday life - printed calicos, flowered cretonnes and chintzes, polka-dot silks and foulards, and the myriad "imposters" hoping to pass as costly damasks, brocades, tapestries, and embroideries. Textile Designs is illustrated with 1823 full-color examples organized by motif into more than 320 categories. Together, cumulatively, these patterns become individual words in a gigantic language of the visual imagination. This book is a kind of dictionary of that language. The successful textile designer seeks not to devise something never before imagined, but to create a variation on one of these preexisting themes. It is the tool of the trade, the language that makes textile speech possible - why try to transcend it? So much can be said with a rose.
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002
Edition: Paperback ed
ISBN: 9780810925083
Characteristics: 464 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Elffers, Joost
Croner, Ted


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