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Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns for Printed Fabrics Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period Hardcover – September, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810938537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810938533
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Take one measure of design theory, add a cup of printing techniques, and fold in a tablespoon of ancient symbology. Add a dash of historical context, and mix well into a huge bowl of over 1800 gorgeous fabric designs. The ingredients make a luscious dessert known as Textile De signs . Meller, the owner of the fabrics depicted here, has interpreted her dessert in five different ways according to motif: floral, geometric, conversational, ethnic, and art movements and period styles. To please the most discriminating palate, she used only the best ingredients (some rarities dating to the 18th century) from her design library and design loft. The book is a colorful confection, but it is also a thoughtful and informative analysis of the artistic choices that are subconscious interpretations of the moods, longings, and aspirations of humankind. Highly recommended for design or decorative arts collections.
- Sherry Porter, Texas Coll. of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Textile Designs is a staggering achievement in organization and will undoubtedly become the bible of textile design for the foreseeable future." -- Copeley News Service, October 16, 1991

"Textile Designs will precipitate a contagious case of browser euphoria." -- Peter Hellman,Metropolitan Home Magazine, December 1991

"A physical joy both to hold and to behold." -- Colleen Babington, Art and Auction Magazine, November 1991

"For professionals and self-professed fabric freaks, this book is an unlimited supply of chocolate truffles and a day at Disneyland rolled into one." -- Harriet Swift, Oakland Tribune, October 19, 1991

"Open this volume to any page and prepare to lose yourself in a dizzying array of patterns.....In addition to the book's visual splendor, its text is refreshingly intelligent, informed and witty." -- Robert Kushner, Art in America Magazine, May 1993

"The book is organised not chronologically, but by motif, which adds greatly to the fun...The categories are deliciously specific. Celestials, confetti, coral and sea-weed, circuses, clowns and crescents are followed, a hundred or so pages later, by trees, trimmings, trompe-l'oeil and trophies. Without looking at the captions it is sometimes impossible to decide whether a print is from the 1850s or the 1950s; the book could easily turn into a rarified guessing-game." -- Sarah Howell,The World of Interiors, October 1991

"This wonderful book is a little bit like being let loose unsupervised in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum." -- NY Times, December 19, 1991

Textile Designs is a dazzling, informative fabric encyclopedia of archival beauty. It is a necessary tool for the fashion industry, schools, and libraries." -- Margaret Mazzaraco,WWD, October 8, 1991

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Every time I open this book, I find something new.
Miriam Badyrka
I recommend this book for pattern / fashion designers to have inspiration out of it.
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Loaded with designs, well laid out, beautiful color.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rabbit on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This resource of patterns has a clear organization. The reproduction is very nice and the diversity of images is a rich resource. The information is brief, but a visual reference of this kind with supporting context is helpful no matter how brief.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hallsa on August 30, 1998
Format: CD-ROM
This CD collection of excerpts from the illustrated book has become a vital resource for me and my staff of textile designers. It saves a great deal of time and effort in scanning and cleaning artwork, and allows us to combine elements from many different pieces into entirely new patterns.
Every design studio I know of owns at least one copy of the book, and to have quick CD access to this wealth of inspiration is terrific. I look forward to the next volumes!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Library on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is in response to "Betty Blue's" comments about the FLORAL CD-ROM. All of the images on the CD's were professionally scanned by one of the top commercial labs in New York City. The scans were made directly from the original negatives that were used to print the book, TEXTILE DESIGNS. Any "dirt and dust" that may appear is NOT a result of the scanning, but age marks that can show up on documentary textiles - after all, most of these designs are between 60 and 150 years old! The vast majority of the images are clean, but when imperfections did appear, they were deliberately not erased. This was explained in the introduction to the CD.

While the images in the book were often cropped for layout reasons, the CD-ROM always shows the original uncropped design. Therefore, many more of the digital images are in full repeat. This in itself is well worth the money - but there is more. Unlike the book, ALL the TEXTILE DESIGNS DIGITAL images are ROYALTY FREE. "Betty Blue" got the use of 494 well-chosen documentary floral designs for less than 60 cents each. Now that is well worth the money!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is crammed with designs in every conceivable category. It is a must for anyone studying textile or surface design.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on July 18, 2011
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Very disappointed with this book. I'm doing a huge project based on textiles from around the world, and needed a book with European textiles. Unfortunately, after going thru the book from front to back, I found it to be almost entirely textiles made in FRANCE, with a few from America and that's about it. Most of the textiles are also generic and modern, and don't have many traditional motifs. For me, it felt like if I went to any fabric store today and walked past a shelf of patterned cottons. I can see how this would be useful for someone making their own fabrics, but for someone looking for history, tradition, and anything other than France, I would advise you to look for something else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1997
Format: Hardcover
TEXTILE DESIGNS delighted my eyes and mind. Not only are most of the 1800 photos of designs breath-taking in their beauty; the book is organized so that each page tells a lively story about the category of textile displayed. I discovered technical, historical, cultural, and even political aspects of the designs. The writing itself is engaging, elegant and can be unexpectedly humourous. All in all, a treat for oneself, or gift for another that I would highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mlong@netwiz.net on June 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am a Web page designer and three years ago was thrilled to discover the book Textile Designs. The repeating nature of the patterns lend themselves beautifully to backgrounds, buttons and borders in web page development. There are thousands of possibilities that are head and shoulders above almost all other available graphics. The book has become a constant source of inspiration to me.
Now I have made an even greater discovery - the CD-ROM of the book! The entire FLORAL section is available in a very user-friendly format. I can now download images easily without having to go through time-consuming scanning and use them directly in the creation of various web pages. Best of all, everything is ROYALTY FREE. I can't wait until the other CD's are available, in particular the CD's specifically made for web-page developers.
So, if you do any creative designing - Web sites, desktop publishing, etc. - I would really recommend that you buy the book. Look through it; if you find even one or two designs that you can use then it pays to get the CD, it's cheaper than repro fees - and great fun!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By aljpaul@aol.com on April 19, 1999
Format: CD-ROM
I designed and printed my own engagement announcements and wedding invitations using patterns from TEXTILE DESIGNS DIGITAL: FLORAL. They came out beautifully!! Not only did it save printing costs, but it was a lot of fun for my fiance and I to create them together. We have also used the CD-ROM designs to make note cards, birthday greetings, post cards, and gift wrap paper, resulting in many compliments. I highly recommend this product. It contains many beautiful patterns.
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