A Most Beautiful Book

Decorative Ornament by Owen Jones

This is a most beautiful book, that just drips with inspiration for any creative types out there.

In the absence of any of my own creative endeavours to post about, (I have been sewing on my sewing machine, but I have been making gifts, so no peeking.) I thought you might like a look at this.

It is a new edition of a book first published in 1856, when it was called “The Grammar of Ornament”. Architect Owen Jones first published it as a reference, in installments for subscribers. Owen Jones travelled widely recording patterns and ornamentation that he found decorating many buildings like palaces, churches, mosques, and temples.

The page below (144) “Consists of different mosaics taken from pavements and walls in private houses and mosques in Cairo.”

Page 144 Decorative Ornament

This edition is published by Tess Press, an in-print of Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc. and my lovely husband gave it to me for Christmas in 2006. He did well choosing this gift didn’t he!

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