“All-over” patterns have fairly closely spaced motifs that are evenly distributed. This is a lovely example of that, with the large flowers having an elegant curve to the stems and a directional orientation that might give a striped effect, except for the perfect placement and bi-directional nature of the other floral and leaf elements. The overall effect is both timeless and non-directional. This pattern is particularly adaptable for custom floorcloths.
Another visionary Dresser design. This one has a decidedly deco form and creates a marvelous tiled effect, with many layers that allow for multiple opportunities for palette exploration. The combination of elements results in stars, squares, rays of light, wings, and fleur de lis.
The effect of this pattern when repeated is to create a series of connected diamonds, with flowers at their points or the pattern can be read such that the flowers are in the center of the diamond pattern, depending on how the palette is employed. We have explored several different custom floorcloth shapes and sizes with this pattern and look forward to additional palette exploration.
This pattern masterfully integrates Greek Key, geometric floral and stylized Fleur de Lis motifs into a compelling design. It is rare to have a Greek Key element that is not part of a border design, or, occasionally, an all-over design. This one treats the Greek Key as an individual motif.
This is a terrific border pattern which has strong geometric leanings and a somewhat whimsical leaf pattern.
This poppy pattern is taken from Plate XXXVII in Christopher Dresser's "Studies in Design", c. 1875. The description of the plate is "Sheet of powerdings, adapted for wall-ornaments." Well, off to the dictionary to learn that powderings are (in this context) "Decoration by means of numerous small figures, usually the same figure often repeated." We originally turned this motif into a stencil for a wall ornament for a client's kitchen.
This is the first Dresser pattern we worked with, clearly seeing how it could be adapted to stencils and how great it would be for a custom floorcloth design. We loved the original Dresser palette and the first piece we made with the pattern, a rather complicated U-Shaped design, employed this colorway. Several additional colorways have been explored as have different shapes, all working beautifully in this versatile design.
This is a rare pure geometric pattern from Christopher Dresser. It is another design that just begs to be used as a floorcloth pattern. We more or less retained the original palette for our first effort on this one because the Dresser palette is just so good. We look forward to exploring many palettes with this great design.