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Ramon Dilley, La Swann, l'ete, du Cote des Cures Marines, Oil on canvas, Vallejo Maritime Gallery. Click to inquire

Sumptuous textiles often anchor a work of art. Although they are often placed in the background- a rug in a snug interior or the dramatic drapery of a hidden curtain-they provide subtle details which both personalize and charm in a work of art. While there's something inevitably heavy and functional about textiles, recalling intricately woven tapestries insulating cold castles during Renaissance times, there is also something artistic and decorative.

Frank Duveneck, Pink Rose, 1891, Oil on canvas, Cincinnati Art Galleries. Click to inquire
John E. Thompson, Untitled (Still life), Oil on canvas, David Cook Fine Art. Click to inquire

There is an invigorating creativity embedded into the creations of patterns, found in clothes (like the wonderfully patterned kimono in Calligraphy Lesson ) or interior fabrics (imagine running your hands through the rug in Pink Rose) which flaunt a work's personality.

Daniel Sprick, Striped Amaryllis, Oil on panel, Arcadia ContemporaryClick to inquire


Kitagawa Utamaro, Calligraphy Lesson, from the series: 12 types of Women's Handicrafts, Woodblock, Douglas Frazer Fine Art. Click to inquire. Click to inquire

They visually attract and keep us warm at the same time. Spanning from the funky stripes of La Swann, l'ete, du Cote des Cures Marines to the fabrics offsetting a still-life composition, they exude something tactile and human. What's your favorite pattern?