I had originally bought this book to give me ideas on coloring a book I have of tile designs (which I have not completed as of this writing). But there is so much more here of interest. According to the back cover, the designs span from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to later European and Islamic cultures. There are lots of Art Nouveau works here, too, and those seem to stand out for me because I particularly like that art style. The collection contains complete pictures, borders, corners, and lots of individual squares or segments that may easily be used as repeatable backgrounds. Everything is bright and colorful in a great variety of useful patterns and motifs.
Other than that, it is best to let these lovely and interesting designs speak for themselves. I have tried to include, as is always the case, choices that represent the wide range of art included in this collection. Dover is not producing any more of these sets (unless they have changed their minds which they often do), and this one is still available for purchase, at least as of this writing. Snatch up as many of these as you can. I have, and I use them all the time. There are 296 different images in this collection. The one drawback is that they are in TIFF format, which makes many of them huge, so lots of reducing in size may be required.
Images 004, 015, 027, 043
Images 068, 079, 103, 091
Images 136, 261, 145
Images 167, 269, 242, 272
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