I’ve always enjoyed textiles, especially patterned ones. I like the story that patterns can tell, and how even a simple one can give something an instant historical context. The Design Center at Philadelphia University is home to 200,000+ objects related to textiles and fashion. They’ve created a Tumblr that is an incredible resource for samples of patterns, some dating back from the 1800’s! Here are some of my favorites, but really, there is something for everyone. Check it out.
All images via their Tumblr.