In a delightful and thorough investigation, Linda Parry recalls the artistic genesis and glory of the Arts and Crafts movement's fabricmakers and their work. The author outlines the history of late-19th-century England's textile industry, and shares her understanding of the atmosphere that gave rise to the Arts and Crafts Society. Like the patterns illustrated here, Parry spares no detail in tracing the artists whose work is associated with the movement. While many lesser-known designers are covered, lengthy analysis is given to CFA Voysey, Lindsay Butterfield and George Haite, whose styles characterize the period. The reader sees period photographs of the products in Victorian homes and learn how the public received them. Throughout, Parry displays consunmate critical skills while leavening her discourse with enthusiastic appreciation of the fabrics and prints that decorated the Victorian world and now adorn these pages in nearly 100 colour illustrations.