Ornamental Pattern Prints at Leif

by Grace Bonney

Today is the first Monday I’ve been working from home in the past few months and I’m so happy to have a few days to catch back up on email, blog work and the occasional window shopping at my favorite online shops.

I was about to wrap up last night when I clicked over to Leif, where I saw these beautiful vintage prints from the 1800s. Each one focuses on a different era or area of ornamental pattern design (The Middle Ages, Greece and Pompei, etc.) and comes from a vintage illustration book originally published in 1858. Each print is 13″ x 8.25″ and showcases a wide range of decorative details, from detailed orange, yellow and black border designs in Pompei to elaborate green and orange designs from India. These prints take me back to my days in college studying Romanesque Illuminated Manuscripts (although those designs had religious significance) and how fun it was to spend time studying the small patterned details you find throughout history in almost every culture’s art and architecture. You can check out more of these prints (and shop online, $80 each) right here. xo, grace


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