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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.

Throughout history, patterns have come in countless permutations of motif, color, and scale. 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 of the pattern, the year of its creation, and a brief description. The categories are supplemented by in-depth features highlighting the work of key designers including William Morris, Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames, Lucienne Day, and Orla Kiely, as well as sections detailing the characteristic motifs of key period styles from Baroque to Art Deco.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wilhide is the author of many books on design and interiors. She has co-authored several books with Terence Conran including The Essential House Book, Terence Conran on Design, Plain Simple Useful and Conran on Colour. Most recently, she was consultant editor and contributor to Design: The Whole Story. She lives in London.

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JW
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
ALL Pages Detached from Binding
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
If it was possible to rate this a zero, it’d be done. Extremely disappointed. First book received with ALL pages fully unhinged from the binding. Replacement ordered, and *it too* arrived with ALL pages fully separated from the binding. *WOULD HAVE BEEN* a beautiful &... See more
If it was possible to rate this a zero, it’d be done. Extremely disappointed. First book received with ALL pages fully unhinged from the binding. Replacement ordered, and *it too* arrived with ALL pages fully separated from the binding. *WOULD HAVE BEEN* a beautiful & useful book were it functional. Sadly, RETURNING *BOTH* the one originally sent *and* its “replacement.”
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Chris
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Horrible binding
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
Binding fell apart out of the box. Mostly american and uk patterns. Gave one star cause there are a lot of patterns.
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M. Peterson
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Should have been titled “Hot Mess of British Patterns for Textile Lovers”
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
I’m not sure how to adequately express my bitter disappointment with this book, but I’ll give it a try. As someone else mentioned, it heavily favors British designers from the later 19th C. through the present time. For instance, designers like Dard Hunter, an important... See more
I’m not sure how to adequately express my bitter disappointment with this book, but I’ll give it a try. As someone else mentioned, it heavily favors British designers from the later 19th C. through the present time. For instance, designers like Dard Hunter, an important graphic designer who made patterns from the American Arts and Crafts Movement was completely ignored along with any others. There are very few Art Deco or MidCentury Modern patterns included, nor any distinctly from the Bauhaus/de Stijl Movements. And I don’t think you can call it an exhaustive work on patterns if Andy Warhol and Keith Haring are left out. I don’t recognize most of the modern artists at all.

The most baffling and unsettling part of the book for me was how it is organized. The author organized it by pattern, but within each section, everything is just all over the place. For instance, on one page is a profile on the Baroque and Rococo era, then you turn the page to be greeted with modern art images of bicycles. It would have been nice if within each pattern section the images were displayed in chronological order so as to show the progression of design through the ages. I guess with my background in architecture and interior design, I was looking for something more like repeating motif patterns typical of the various design movements. This book is a hot mess and there’s no way to find all of the Art Nouveau images, for instance, unless you know the specific artists’ names, and even then some are just under the name of the textile or wallpaper company. I can’t use this book at all so I will be returning it before it falls out of the binding!
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Stephen AZ
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Priceless source of inspiration! Love it!
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
This is a priceless source of information for so many reasons. I find inspiration for everything from doodling to fine art work. The color combinations and designs are so diverse and hearing about some of the designers in the short bios was just the icing on the cake!
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Tim Speidel
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Remarkable resource & the binding broke after 5 minutes out the shipping box
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2020
This is a fantastic book, brilliantly organized and very dense, almost 700 pages. The binding comes apart immediately. The kindle version doesn''t seem a feasible alternative for the kind of freewheeling association a designer would enjoy from flipping through the pages, a... See more
This is a fantastic book, brilliantly organized and very dense, almost 700 pages. The binding comes apart immediately. The kindle version doesn''t seem a feasible alternative for the kind of freewheeling association a designer would enjoy from flipping through the pages, a near hallucinogenic experience. Be very careful and get ready with duct tape...
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Alana Jelinek
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WONDERFUL BOOK!
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2019
This is a must-have for every surface pattern designer. The history of pattern design from every century, culture, time, from 3rdC BCE to 2017AD.. Patterns are arranged by motif which makes for an interesting study. Excellent articles about Design Thought Leaders, Design... See more
This is a must-have for every surface pattern designer. The history of pattern design from every century, culture, time, from 3rdC BCE to 2017AD.. Patterns are arranged by motif which makes for an interesting study. Excellent articles about Design Thought Leaders, Design Movements, etc. If you are a designer, you will keep going back to it over and over again.
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Julia
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Mostly modern UK
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
Great source of inspiration and photos are good quality, however to be "all ages and cultures" It''s incredibly focused on UK XIX to XII centuries. The binding is horrible and broken within a minute as mentioned in other comments.
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fionahill
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A wealth of lovely pattern
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2020
This is a spectacular book! If you love pattern, you will enjoy this book... it’s chock full of an amazing variety of classic and quirky designs. . Beautiful color reproductions.
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Corina M.
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One of the biggest pattern collection
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 8, 2021
Its almost like an encyclopedia- with over 600pgs you can delight your eye with amazing creations from around the world. Very beautifully made with very high-quality photos. I would add that the e-book format could have been done better - transit between pages and page...See more
Its almost like an encyclopedia- with over 600pgs you can delight your eye with amazing creations from around the world. Very beautifully made with very high-quality photos. I would add that the e-book format could have been done better - transit between pages and page split in general but its ok, it doesn''t distort the information or images. I love this book and it''s one of my to-go inspiration sources for my work.
Its almost like an encyclopedia- with over 600pgs you can delight your eye with amazing creations from around the world. Very beautifully made with very high-quality photos.
I would add that the e-book format could have been done better - transit between pages and page split in general but its ok, it doesn''t distort the information or images.

I love this book and it''s one of my to-go inspiration sources for my work.
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David
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Contenido excepcional, encuadernación mejorable.
Reviewed in Spain on March 9, 2021
El libro es fantástico. El contenido es no solo útil para cualquier proyecto de diseño y es una inspiración constante. La edicion en cuanto al papel es perfecta. Gramaje y brillo de calidad en cada imagen y hoja...PERO...la encuadernación es insuficiente. Como se ve en las...See more
El libro es fantástico. El contenido es no solo útil para cualquier proyecto de diseño y es una inspiración constante. La edicion en cuanto al papel es perfecta. Gramaje y brillo de calidad en cada imagen y hoja...PERO...la encuadernación es insuficiente. Como se ve en las fotos los centenares de hojas no se sujetan bien con la encuadernación tan débil y ya en el primer día se abre y se parten. No se lo tardarán en soltarse. Una pena para lo bonito que es el libro. Así que recomendado si...pero ya puedes abrirlo como si fuese una biblia del s.XII.
El libro es fantástico. El contenido es no solo útil para cualquier proyecto de diseño y es una inspiración constante.

La edicion en cuanto al papel es perfecta. Gramaje y brillo de calidad en cada imagen y hoja...PERO...la encuadernación es insuficiente. Como se ve en las fotos los centenares de hojas no se sujetan bien con la encuadernación tan débil y ya en el primer día se abre y se parten. No se lo tardarán en soltarse. Una pena para lo bonito que es el libro.

Así que recomendado si...pero ya puedes abrirlo como si fuese una biblia del s.XII.
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The book binding is not good.
Reviewed in Germany on December 18, 2020
I was expecting a high quality brand new book, given the price was not cheap. It turned out to be damaged - the entire book was teared off from the cover. I got some refund and now I have to get glue to fix it. Not happy with the book but glad that Amazon refunded me some...See more
I was expecting a high quality brand new book, given the price was not cheap. It turned out to be damaged - the entire book was teared off from the cover. I got some refund and now I have to get glue to fix it. Not happy with the book but glad that Amazon refunded me some money and let me keep the book. Overall I would prefer that it was good and not damaged.
I was expecting a high quality brand new book, given the price was not cheap. It turned out to be damaged - the entire book was teared off from the cover. I got some refund and now I have to get glue to fix it. Not happy with the book but glad that Amazon refunded me some money and let me keep the book. Overall I would prefer that it was good and not damaged.
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Obra maestra
Reviewed in Spain on January 5, 2019
Una obra maestra de libro. Lo ví en el Metropolitan Museum de NY, y lo compré por Amazon. Para mi, el mejor libro en cuanto a referencias de patrones.
Una obra maestra de libro. Lo ví en el Metropolitan Museum de NY, y lo compré por Amazon. Para mi, el mejor libro en cuanto a referencias de patrones.
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Best purchase ever
Reviewed in Canada on February 5, 2021
I love this book - wide selection of amazing images, great quality
I love this book - wide selection of amazing images, great quality
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