400 Traditional Tile Designs in Full Color by Carol Belanger Grafton

By Carol Belanger Grafton

Spectacular plates reprinted from infrequent nineteenth- and early-20th-century English, French, and Spanish brands' catalogs. four hundred royalty-free examples encouraged by means of greater than 2,000 years of tile designs produced by way of the civilizations of Islam, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium, between others. greatest choice of colour tile designs in one quantity.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Grafton, Carol Belanger. 400 Traditional tile designs in full color / selected and arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton. p. cm. (Dover pictorial archive series) ISBN 0-486-26952-3 1. Tiles—Themes, motives. I. Title. II. Series. Y. 11501 PUBLISHER’S NOTE The grand style of public, palatial and ecclesiastical architecture has long entailed the use of decorative floor and wall tiling, which still today strikingly enhances the effects of splendor and permanence integral to the architectural conception.

11501 PUBLISHER’S NOTE The grand style of public, palatial and ecclesiastical architecture has long entailed the use of decorative floor and wall tiling, which still today strikingly enhances the effects of splendor and permanence integral to the architectural conception. Decorative tiles were first used in the Middle East some 4000 years ago, and gradually spread throughout the region and to the southern Mediterranean. They seem to have appeared in Europe only early in the current millennium (centuries after the arrival of mosaic), when they reached Spain via the Moors.

The principles of Islamic design have tended to prevail ever since. The motifs are generally abstract (reflecting a religious tradition prohibiting artistic representation of living things), though floriated and foliated designs are also numerous; and a mass of detail usually fills in all the available area, without creating a strongly “hierarchical” structure—a highly practical principle that permits considerable adaptation in the design’s overall proportions. The patterns on the following pages have been selected from catalogs published between about 1870 and 1930 by two English manufacturers, Maw & Co.

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