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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval monastery & Cathedral tile patterns, 24 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Old English Tile Designs: For Artists and Craftspeople (Dover Pictorial Archive) (Dover Pictorial Archives) (Paperback)
This book is a practical and cheap source of inspiration for anyone wishing to create their own floor and/or wall tiles with a decidedly medieval flavour.

The publisher and/or author assert that the 161 black and white images contained in it are "copyright free" and they have reproduced various motifs appearing in many ceramic tiles that originally adorned the paved floors and walls of numerous medieval cathedrals and monasteries.

This 126 page booklet contains no text (apart from a short Publisher's Note) and only black and white images- generally about 4" x 4" each at 2 to the page. It is bound in light cardboard/paper.

The images themselves reproduce geometric, latice work, mosaic, Gothic and Romanesque designs incorporating traditional medieval motifs such as lions, dogs, stags, doves, hares, fleurs de lis, dragons, oak leaves, a knight and a few other human images.

Apart from an obvious application in floor and wall tile production, the tile patterns illustrated in the book could also be used as patterns for fabrics, carpets, wallpaper, marketry, leather tooling and other craft work.

Not a bad source of inspiration for craft people or those wishing to create a project with a medieval flavour. Useful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bold and simple, 16 Jan 2008
This review is from: Old English Tile Designs: For Artists and Craftspeople (Dover Pictorial Archive) (Dover Pictorial Archives) (Paperback)
this book is just what i was looking for, full of simple black and white images of medieval tiles.
No text or Information, Just page after page of tile images which look alittle like lino prints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 12 Feb 2013
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Wonderful source book, plenty of lovely designs for your money. Great value. I will use this a lot I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and inspiring designs, 30 Aug 2013
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I agree with the very helpful review above by T.Chadwick, and would add that the images have been sourced from a 1937 publication 'Medieval English Paving Tiles' by Loyd Haberly. This was a specially printed book, leather bound, in an edition of about 450 copies, which now sells on the second-hand market for several hundred pounds. The illustrations of the tiles were printed in scarlet from woodblocks cut by the author. He was based in Oxford and all the designs are from churches etc. within a fifteen mile radius of Oxford. It is possible to browse online the Tile-web database at the Ashmolean museum which has images of thousands of tiles recorded as watercolour drawings during the Victorian era and later (The Parker-Hore collection). By browsing for the Oxford area it is possible to identify where some of these tiles were found. Easier, of course, if you happen to have an original copy of Mr. Haberly's book! The Database is also a wonderful source of inspiration.
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