Beautiful Vintage Floral Pattern Designs For Textiles

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Nature and particular flowers have influenced patterns in textiles for centuries. From the intricate embroidered Chinese silks with peonies to woven Persian carpets. This collection of free vintage floral patterns for textiles focus on early 19th century drawings.

Most of the floral prints on Pictureboxblue are vintage botanical paintings from Natural history books by artists such as the famous Pierre- Joseph Redoute. I thought for a change I would add a different type of flower drawing, those that are used for textile designs.

I’ve already featured some art nouveau floral design patterns of Maurice Pillard Verneuil. These floral patterns were translated onto ceramics, textiles, and wallpapers. The textile flower patterns in this collection, are from the early 1800s when Chintz was very popular.

Chintz Floral Patterns

Most of the printed textiles in this era involved different flowers and leaves found in nature. Cloth was printed with these floral motives in different colors. Typically on a light plain background known as Chintz.

Chintz originated from India. The cheap and popular cloth was introduced to Europe by British and Dutch Merchants in the 17th Century. The French and English banned the import of Chintz until their mills learnt how to make and print the fabrics themselves.

With the Industrial Revolution, textile production increased massively. In particular floral pattern fabrics, once the mills had learnt to print colorful flowers onto cotton fabrics.

Modern chintz usually consists of bright overall floral patterns printed on a light background, but there are some popular patterns on dark backgrounds as well.

The most common flowers used with these vintage floral pattern designs are roses, sunflowers, tulips, jasmines, shoe flowers, daisies, carnations, etc.

vintage floral patterns for textiles

The Vintage Floral Pattern Drawings

Unfortunately, I do not know who the original artist was that painted many of these beautiful vintage floral pattern drawings. But what I do know is that they were originally used for textile designs. They were painted at the beginning of the 19th Century.

This collection of flower drawings is from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The Cooper Hewitt is part of the Smithsonian group of museums and its collections focus on decorative and design objects.

To print the vintage floral pattern design you want, click on the title above that design. Then a higher resolution drawing will open in a new window on your browser. Right-click on the image with your mouse, and you will have the option to save the image to your hard drive.

All the floral drawings are in the Public Domain. You are free to use them how you wish, whether it is to print and frame them for your home, or perhaps to use the flowers for crafting such as decoupage and journaling.

The collection of floral design prints is divided into three sections. First is those designs on a light background, second floral borders, and lastly dark backgrounds.

Vintage Floral Pattern Designs For Textiles Light Background

1.  Multi-colored floral and leaf design on white ground

A few of the flowers in this pattern design look like poppies. Especially the little blue flowers, they look a bit like Himalayan poppies.

vintage poppies flora pattern

2. Fern-like leaves, small red flower, purple star-shaped flowers surrounded by a black-dotted pattern

These flowers are painted in gouache on woven paper.

Fern-like leaves, small red flower, purple star-shaped flowers surrounded by black-dotted pattern.

3.  Multi-colored leaf and berry design

Multi-colored leaf and berry design

4. Multi-colored floral and vine leaf pattern

Multi-colored floral and leaf pattern.

5. Vintage Floral Pattern Multi-Colored

vintage floral patterns for printed textiles

6.  Scattered flower and leaf designs accented with a fine dotted pattern

Scattered flower and leaf designs accented with fine dotted pattern

7. Multi-colored flowers, green and yellow leaves on lilac branches

Multi-colored flowers, green and yellow leaves on lilac branches,

8.  Pansy-like flowers, green leaves on bamboo branches

pansy-like flowers, green leaves on bamboo branches

9. Intertwining pattern of pink, purple and blue flowers

Intertwining pattern of pink, purple and blue flowers

Vintage Floral Pattern Border Designs For Textiles

These floral border patterns are inscribed in ink in the bottom right corner, Jean DuBois le Onze May 1801.

10.  Floral border design, pink flowers, green and brown leaves

Floral border design, pink flowers, green and brown leaves

11.  Flower border design, pink, yellow, blue flowers, green and yellow leaves

Floral border design, pink, yellow, blue flowers, green and yellow leaves

12. Vintage Floral border pattern, pink pansies, bluebells, green leaves

Vintage Floral pattern border design, pink pansies, blue bells, green leaves

13. Flower border design, pink dahlias, purple and yellow tulips, green and yellow leaves

Flower border design, pink dahlias, purple and yellow tulips, green and yellow leaves

Vintage Floral Pattern Designs For Textiles Dark Background

14.  Four green ferns, four red flowers, four blue and white flowers against a black background

Four green ferns, four red flowers, four blue and white flowers against black background

15. Pink, purple and yellow tulips

vintage floral patterns Pink, purple and yellow tulips

l6. Floral Pattern White and pink flowers

flower textiles White and pink floral design

17. Orange, purple, pink, and white flowers on dotted brown and black ground

Orange, purple, pink and white flowers on dotted brown and black ground

18.  Pink, purple, orange flowers intertwined with small white flowers with blue centers

I hope you enjoyed the vintage floral textile design prints. You might also want to check some of the other vintage pattern designs featured on Pictureboxblue.

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