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
Ornament of Savage Tribes
Assyrian and Persian Ornament
Moresque Ornament from the Alhambra
Leaves and Flowers from Nature