Chinese Lattice Designs

My mom knows me so well.  While thrifting, she picked up “The New Book of Chinese Lattice Designs” for me.  It’s filled with 372 designs that were sketched from windows all over West China during the first half of the 20th century.  I just adore these intricate patterns.  I’d love to turn them into fabrics, wallpapers, stencils or O’verlays. I think their complex geometric nature is both modern and ornate and blends so well with many other patterns.  Here are just a few of my faves… (sorry I’m hoarding the rest for myself.)  

 
Do you like them too, or are they too “ethnic” for your taste?
  1. Erin

    Tone on tone would be delish.

  2. Love. Interesting how those last two look almost Moroccan, no?

    Moms are totally the best.

  3. Ann

    I think they are fabulous, and I am already thinking of many ways to use them. I went to Amazon.com and was pleased to see that they have used copies starting at $1.50 plus shipping. I splurged and paid $2 for a copy in very good condition. I never knew a book like this existed. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Kai

    Thank you for posting these! I’ve been looking for something to make a stencil for some curtains and I think that last one might be the winner!

  5. These patterns are so cool, i could totally see my room with wall paper designed from these patterns.

    They remind me a lot of the COCOCOZY patterns printed on pillows, throws, etc. they’d probably look great together!

    http://www.cococozy.com

  6. Rachel

    Right up my alley! Love them!

  7. Ethnic schmethnic – they’re fabulous. I wish you would turn them into fabric and Danika would turn them into overlays.
    PP

  8. Some of these are so incredible I would imagine them printed on a Hermes scarf in orange and fushia… And then framed on my wall of course. Need that book!

  9. These are amazing – adore the idea of using them as overlays – gorgeous patterns!!

  10. LOVE THEM! Just went to Amazon and bought my own copy!!!

  11. For anyone who loves Chinoiserie Fretwork this is a great book.
    Enjoy.
    Donna
    thebeneblog.com

  12. Ethnic and fabulous….luv luv luv em…

  13. They are beautiful and all I can think of is how I wished I had a coloring book like that when I was little!

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