Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Pretty Patterns!

Pretty Patterns

Today I'm taking a look at some beautiful historical patterns and the era's that they represented best!

Toile de jouy was amongst the stunning patterns of the 12th century! The pattern consisted of a white, or off white fabric, usually linen cloth, chintz or canvas, with pretty complex scenes painted on them such as couples having picnics by a lake, birds or flower arrangments in a single color such as black, dark red or blue. The pattern was most commonly used in curtains, upholstery and wallpaper.

With the literal meaning of 'Indian', Indienne was a type of printed or painted textile. They were initially imported from India and then manufactured in Europe between the 17th and 19th century. The light, colorful textiles were extremely popular and the orginal techniques for printing them involved long and complicated processes involving metallic salts to fix the dyes. The vibrant colors were taken from different types of the Garance plant.

Chinoserie is a recurring theme in European artistic styles which began in the seventeenth century.
This stands for not only the pattern, which consisted of chinese scenaries and floral decoration, but also a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic elements for both decoration and shape. Chinoserie blended extremely well with rococo style and was therefore favoured by many monarchs, such as Louis XV of France who had full walls in his palace covered in the design.


Psychedelic patterns were inspired by experiences of hallucination induced by drugs such as LSD. The koleidascopically swirling patterns of hallucinations represent revolutionary political, social and spiritual sentiments and were most popular in the 1960's.

I have to say I'm a bit of a psychedelic girl myself! Which pattern is your favourite?


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