Mar 31, 2011

Color schemes in 19th C French textiles, part 9

In many of the gaily printed fabrics from Provence, red and gold were frequently paired. Sometimes a touch of aqua was used as a complement to the red and gold motif. Here are a few examples:

Mar 18, 2011

Tsunami in 19th century textiles

The motifs in this 19th century French fabric, circa 1870, were inspired by aspects of Japanese art and history. Quaint and romanticized depictions are set on a medium beige background. Interestingly, the motifs include fans, stylized lanterns, exotic flowers, cranes and  ... a towering tsunami. The tsunami is shown in blues, white and brown. (The pictures are smallish because they were taken with an early digital camera.)