Years ago, I bought three separate but related prints from a vendor at the Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, NC. Two are studies of Persian carpet designs, and the third is a study of Japanese ornamental patterns. I didn’t find out until years later that they originally were in two books: L’Ornement polychrome (1869-1888) and L’Ornement des tissus (1877) by A. Racinet and M. Dupont-Auberville. The books are now published by Taschen in one massive volume as “The World of Ornament.”
I have loved these prints from the moment I saw them. It bugs me that they were part of a book that was destroyed in order to sell the plates individually. If I had known that at the time, I’m not sure I would have purchased them. However, they hang very beautifully on my dining room wall and I admire them constantly.
In one of the three prints on my wall, this one Persian flower measures about 3/4 in at its widest. Something about this tiny flower caught my eye, and I always thought that it would lend itself to a big needlework project. It turned out absolutely stunning!
Above is just a thumbnail of the progress on the pattern done as a needlepoint project. Click on the thumbnail(s) to go see the entirety of the interesting progression on Flickr. The pattern (and sometimes kits) are available on Etsy.