This is the title of an amazing book by Owen Jones, an English architect of the nineteenth century. My first introduction to his work was at the V&A Museum, where I saw the original edition of The Grammar of Ornament and many of the original drawings prepared for the book (and got over-excited straight away).
How could I have been unaware of this brilliant resource? I was immediately attracted to the Persian and Moresque designs - they are pieced patchwork blocks waiting to happen and I will be drafting similar ones as soon as I can.
My copy of The Grammar of Ornament arrived today (thanks to the wonderful Book Depository) so the next few months will allow me to absorb new patterns and shapes. I just love the fact that there is so much to learn in this world.
If you are interested to learn more about Owen Jones, read the Wikipedia article here.