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 through greater than 2,000 years of tile designs produced via the civilizations of Islam, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium, between others. greatest selection of colour tile designs in one quantity.
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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. Decorative tiles were first used in the Middle East some 4000 years ago, and gradually spread throughout the region and to the southern Mediterranean.
The hearth designs can be recognized by their shape (see pp. 52, 53, 58 and 66). The many strip patterns are obviously appropriate for moldings, stringcourses and the like. And the basic bordered “carpet” format could, for most designs, readily be adapted to broader rectangular floor and wall surfaces of many differing proportions. In these 416 examples the designer and architect of the present day will rediscover the dazzling richness of a great tradition.
However, republication or reproduction of any illustration by any other graphic service, whether it be in a book or in any other design resource, is strictly prohibited. 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.