One of the world's best collections of period designs is brought together as an invaluable resource for designers of all kinds, from fabric, textile, wallpaper, and stained glass designersnbsp;to graphic and fashion designers. This collection ofnbsp;more thannbsp;500 designs covers wallpaper, textiles, furnishings, costume, tiles, and ceramics. The designs range from medieval through renaissance and the 19th century right up to the 1970s; from classic French 17th-century wallpaper through William Morris pomegranate designs to 1950s children's wallpaper. The book is arranged by type of design and motifs-geometric, floral, abstract, figurative-to make it as accessible to designers as possible. A full index at the back helps readers find the right motif, style, or pattern. Though the designs have a strong English flavor, there is alsonbsp;a healthy dose of the best European and Asian designs that have reached the unsurpassable National Trust collection.