The V&A Sourcebook of Pattern and Ornament


The V&A Sourcebook of Pattern and Ornament

About the Author

Amelia Calver is Licensing Research and Development Manager at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She has worked at the V&A for more than twenty years and has an impressive familiarity with the museum’s extensive collections, particularly of the fabric and wallpaper designs from around the world that have been acquired during the V&A’s 170-year history.


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The V&A Sourcebook of Pattern and Ornament

The wealth of surface pattern and three-dimensional ornamentation in the many objects that enrich our lives is testament to the inventiveness of designers and craftspeople around the globe and throughout history.

This richly illustrated, easy-to-navigate sourcebook presents more than 1,000 historic and contemporary examples of pattern and ornamentation from around the world, each one succinctly identified and explained. Arranged thematically, it is unique among pattern books, as it includes examples not only of surface pattern but also of three-dimensional ornamentation and embellishment.



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