An essential resource for any designer, crafter, artist, or historian, The Complete Pattern Dictionary is the most comprehensive, practical, and beautiful directory of patterns throughout history, covering all periods, styles, and cultures.
Patterns have come in countless permutations of motif, colour, and scale throughout history. From the first rhythmic marks pressed onto clay vessels to the latest digital design, pattern-making has been an essential part of the decorative arts since time immemorial.
With 1500 illustrations of patterns from all ages and cultures, The Complete Pattern Dictionary is not only a visual feast; it is the most comprehensive resource available on the subject. The book is arranged thematically according to pattern type, with chapters on Flora, Fauna, Pictorial, Geometric, and Abstract designs. Each pattern includes the name, the year of its creation, and a brief description. The categories are supplemented by in-depth features highlighting the work of critical designers including William Morris, Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames, Lucienne Day, and Orla Kiely, and sections detailing the characteristic motifs of key period styles from Baroque to Art Deco.