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The Grammar of Ornament is the masterpiece of Owen Jones (1809-1874), a British architect and one of the most influential design theorists of the 19th century. Owen traveled to many ancient cities throughout Europe and the Middle East collecting inspirational ornamental designs. The result is one of the finest graphic design books ever produced, assembling exquisite vintage traditional patterns and decorative designs. From our original chromolithographic antique book, we have made our high-resolution digital version of these artworks available for free and commercial use under the Creative Commons 0 license. These are great for new design projects or simply as background wallpapers. We hope you enjoy this extraordinary free public domain collection.

"True beauty results from that repose which the mind feels when the eye, the intellect, and the affections, are satisfied from the absence of any want."

—Owen Jones, The Grammar of Ornament

Antique illustration of the grammar of ornament by Owen Jones Antique illustration of the grammar of ornament by Owen Jones
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Ornament of Savage Tribes

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Egyptian Ornament

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Assyrian and Persian Ornament

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Greek Ornament

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Pompeian Ornament

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Roman Ornament

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Byzantine Ornament

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Arabian Ornament

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Turkish Ornament

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Moresque Ornament from the Alhambra

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Persian Ornament

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Indian Ornament

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Hindoo Ornament

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Chinese Ornament

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Celtic Ornament

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Medieval Ornament

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Renaissance Ornament

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Elizabethan Ornament

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Italian Ornament

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Leaves and Flowers from Nature

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