VCU Libraries

Research Guides

IDES 651 Pattern Project

A multidisciplinary guide to assist your pattern research.

Bloomsbury Design Library

Textile History Websites

Pattern History Research Tip

When searching for historic sources use the pattern name (e.g. paisley) and search more broadly for
culture (Japanese Pattern), period (1950s pattern) or application (e.g. textile design).

Oxford Art Online


Search for "Pattern" in Oxford Art Online to find overviews of historical pattern by geographical location:

  • Ornament and Pattern
    • Ancient Near East And Egypt
    • Western
    • East Asia
    • South-East Asia
    • Islamic Lands
    • Pre-Columbian Americas.

ARTStor

Primary History Sources

Historical Decorative Art Styles