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May 25, 2010

Last year, the Victoria and Albert Museum dug into its archives of decorative textile patterns and published its first set of pattern books. Next week, the London museum will release the second set in the series: V&A Pattern Series II. Like the first box set—which included four books arranged by theme and titled William Morris, Indian Florals, Digital Pioneers, and The Fifties—the second series features four books available individually or as a group: Owen Jones, Novelty Patterns, Kimonos, and Garden Florals. In addition to page after page of color images of the textile designs, each hardcover book includes a CD of hi-res images of the featured patterns. If you're in the UK, pick up the individual books or sets on the V&A Shop website or, if you're in the U.S., the books will be available on Amazon for $10.36 each or $31.35 per set. Watch our slideshow for a preview of the designs featured in V&A Pattern Series II.

Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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From <i>Greek</i> chapter in <i>The Grammar of Ornament</i>, plate 57. Owen Jones. Lithograph. UK, 1856 (V&A: 49.G.53). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
From Greek chapter in The Grammar of Ornament, plate 57. Owen Jones. Lithograph. UK, 1856 (V&A: 49.G.53). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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From <i>Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra</i>, plate 29. Owen Jones. Lithograph. UK, 1845 (V&A: 110.P.37). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
From Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra, plate 29. Owen Jones. Lithograph. UK, 1845 (V&A: 110.P.37). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Matelot</i>, dress fabric. Calico Printers' Association. Roller-printed cotton. UK, 1934 (V&A: T.244-1987). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Matelot, dress fabric. Calico Printers' Association. Roller-printed cotton. UK, 1934 (V&A: T.244-1987). From V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Map of Paris</i>, dress fabric. Ralph Barton/Stehli Silks Corporation. Crêpe de Chine. USA, 1927 (V&A: T.87I-1930). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Map of Paris, dress fabric. Ralph Barton/Stehli Silks Corporation. Crêpe de Chine. USA, 1927 (V&A: T.87I-1930). From V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>April</i>, dress fabric. Clayton Knight/Stehli Silks Corporation. Crêpe de Chine. USA, 1927 (V&A: T.87N-1930). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
April, dress fabric. Clayton Knight/Stehli Silks Corporation. Crêpe de Chine. USA, 1927 (V&A: T.87N-1930). From V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Pierrot</i>, dress fabric. Calico Printers' Association. Printed cotton. UK, 1937 (V&A: T.267-1987). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Pierrot, dress fabric. Calico Printers' Association. Printed cotton. UK, 1937 (V&A: T.267-1987). From V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Gentlemen Prefer Blondes</i>, dress fabric. Ralph Barton/Stehli Silks Corporation. Crêpe de Chine. USA, 1927 (V&A: T.87L-1930). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, dress fabric. Ralph Barton/Stehli Silks Corporation. Crêpe de Chine. USA, 1927 (V&A: T.87L-1930). From V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Doll's House</i>, furnishing fabric. Tootal, Boradhurst, Lee & Co. Printed cotton. UK, 1930 (V&A: T.438-1934). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Doll's House, furnishing fabric. Tootal, Boradhurst, Lee & Co. Printed cotton. UK, 1930 (V&A: T.438-1934). From V&A Pattern Series II: Novelty Patterns published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Under kimono, figured twill silk with printed decoration. Japan, 1940-50 (V&A: FE.14-1987). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Under kimono, figured twill silk with printed decoration. Japan, 1940-50 (V&A: FE.14-1987). From V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Kimono, monochrome figured satin silk with stenciled and embroidered decoration. Japan, 1750-1800 (V&A: FE.8-1987). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Under kimono, figured twill silk with printed decoration. Japan, 1940-50 (V&A: FE.14-1987). From V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Outer kimono, monochrome figured satin silk with tie-dyed and embroidered decoration. Japan, 1800-30 (V&A: FE.28-1984). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Outer kimono, monochrome figured satin silk with tie-dyed and embroidered decoration. Japan, 1800-30 (V&A: FE.28-1984). From V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Green Waves</i>, kimono. Moriguchi Kunihiko. Plain weave silk with freehand paste-resist decoration. Kyoto, Japan, 1973 (V&A: FE.420-1992). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Green Waves, kimono. Moriguchi Kunihiko. Plain weave silk with freehand paste-resist decoration. Kyoto, Japan, 1973 (V&A: FE.420-1992). From V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Child's kimono, plain weave bast fiber with stenciled decoration. Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 1870-1910 (V&A: T.19-1963). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Child's kimono, plain weave bast fiber with stenciled decoration. Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 1870-1910 (V&A: T.19-1963). From V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Outer kimono, monochrome figured satin silk with tie-dyed and embroidered decoration. Japan, 1800-30 (V&A: FE.28-1984). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Outer kimono, monochrome figured satin silk with tie-dyed and embroidered decoration. Japan, 1800-30 (V&A: FE.28-1984). From V&A Pattern Series II: Kimono published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Memphis</i>, wallpaper. Lewis Foreman Day/Jeffrey & Co. Color machine print on paper. UK, c. 1887-1900 (V&A: E.23131-1957). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Memphis, wallpaper. Lewis Foreman Day/Jeffrey & Co. Color machine print on paper. UK, c. 1887-1900 (V&A: E.23131-1957). From V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Textile or wallpaper design. Lindsay P. Butterfield. Watercolor and pencil. UK, 1903 (V&A: E.749-1974). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Textile or wallpaper design. Lindsay P. Butterfield. Watercolor and pencil. UK, 1903 (V&A: E.749-1974). From V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Sienna</i>, wallpaper. Lewis Foreman Day/Jeffrey & Co. Color machine print on paper. UK, c. 1887-1900 (V&A: E.23158-1957). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Sienna, wallpaper. Lewis Foreman Day/Jeffrey & Co. Color machine print on paper. UK, c. 1887-1900 (V&A: E.23158-1957). From V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Kingsbury</i>, wallpaper. Harry Napper/Alexander Rottman & Co. Color machine print on paper. UK, c. 1900 (V&A: E.464-1967). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Kingsbury, wallpaper. Harry Napper/Alexander Rottman & Co. Color machine print on paper. UK, c. 1900 (V&A: E.464-1967). From V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>Cactus</i>, wallpaper. Lewis Foreman Day/Jeffrey & Co. Color machine print on paper.UK. c. 1887-1900 (V&A: E.23097-1957). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Cactus, wallpaper. Lewis Foreman Day/Jeffrey & Co. Color machine print on paper.UK. c. 1887-1900 (V&A: E.23097-1957). From V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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<i>The Iolanthe</i>, wallpaper. C.F.A. Voysey/Essex & Co. Color woodblock print on paper. UK, c. 1897 (V&A: E.1899-1953). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
The Iolanthe, wallpaper. C.F.A. Voysey/Essex & Co. Color woodblock print on paper. UK, c. 1897 (V&A: E.1899-1953). From V&A Pattern Series II: Garden Florals published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
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Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From <i>V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones</i> published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.
Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.

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