"... the sheer profusion, from Moorish arabesques to Neoclassical stripes, is inspiring" - World of Interiors
Discover a world of decorative ideas with this compendium of history's most elegant patterns and ornamental designs. The World of Ornament brings together two of the greatest encylopedic collections of ornament of the 19th century; Auguste Racinet's L'Ornement polychrome (1869-1888) and Auguste Dupont-Auberville's L'Ornement des tissus (1877) to provide one lavish source book spanning jewelry, tile, stained glass, illuminated manuscript, textile and ceramic ornament. Encompassing classical. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Asian and middle-Eastern. as well as European designs from medieval times through to the 19th century, this compilation of cultures and esthetics offers a primary reference for artists, historians, designers and patternmakers, and anyone engaged in decorative design and impact.