Modernist Textiles | 1950's & Henry Moore

Fifties Textiles

God they're gorgeous - here's some I've collected around and about. Some of the patterns in the gallery are from 'V&A Pattern - The Fifties' book by Sue Prichard for £7.99 - a lovely collection of patterns which you also get copies on CD

Henry Moore Textiles

I visited the 'Henry Moore Textiles' exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich last weekend and was blown away by how Moore's drawings were reproduced as textiles by Czech textile manufacturer Zika Ascher - they were really beautiful with fantastic subtle palettes.

"Although Moore is best known for his sculptures, this acclaimed exhibition offers the opportunity to see his work on an intimate scale, bringing together dress and upholstery fabrics with wall panels, drawings and lithographs.  Henry Moore was first approached to make designs for fabrics during the Second World War, when Czech textile manufacturer Zika Ascher commissioned him and other leading artists to create designs for scarves. Moore worked closely with Ascher on the project, producing fabrics which were versatile and practical, yet remained vibrant works of art.  The exuberant designs incorporate images of barbed-wire and safety pins as well as more light-hearted motifs of caterpillars, sea creatures and piano keys. Moore’s work looked forward to a new era, in keeping with the artist’s belief that art should be part of everyday life. His use of vivid pinks and greens, zigzags and swirls of interspersing colours contrasts with the often subdued colours of clothing and domestic fabrics in the post-war years." See also and

Reference links:
Vintage Fabric Pool -
1950's pattern collection -
Dog Show pattern -
Jacqueline Groag textiles -
Textiles -
Henry Moore print -

20 responses
I absolutely love these - thanks for the links.
Absolutely brilliant that you have posted these fantastic textile designs. I was lucky enough to catch the exhibition at the Pallant Gallery in Chichester.
These are so gorgeous. I love the Batik looking ones. Beautiful inspiration.
I love anything 50s...especially the fabrics. Are some of these Lucienne Day's?
HI there Kathy,
Can you please let me know the source of the 1st fabric design (1 of 18). Anything you know about the designer or company that might own the copyright would really help.
Thank you so much in advance-
Victoria R
The pattern you're interested in is a vintage-inspired pattern by Melinamade. Here's a link to her gorgeous fabric:
Dana Mid2Mod

Thanks Dana for posting the link to the fabric - hope that helps Victoria
Yes, I hope that's helpful to Victoria. The Melinamade fabric is beautiful, and that particular pattern comes in several colors.

Dana!  You are a genius!!!<o:p></o:p>

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and add the link.<o:p></o:p>

We’ll be contacting the designer today…we’d like to include her work on our latest trend boards and report (we’ll be sure to let her have a link to the post).<o:p></o:p>

So thanks again for your help Dana…and thanks to Kathy to for this nice post.<o:p></o:p>

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My pleasure, Victoria. Feel free to drop by my blog anytime too @

Hi Dana!<o:p></o:p>

Thanks for the invitation to stop by your nice blog!  I tried to leave this comment (below) but the ‘comment as’ dropdown menu didn’t accept our Wordpress info.<o:p></o:p>


We finally got in touch with Jacqueline at MelinaMade yesterday so we're just waiting for her to give permission for her designs to be included on our new trend boards.  Fingers crossed!<o:p></o:p>

I saw the terms you include at the bottom of your blog homepage (great idea!) and we wondered if we could have your permission to use them as a starting point to write our own terms for our blog: <o:p></o:p>

I hope that'll be ok.  Maybe you could get in touch with me via and let me know.<o:p></o:p>

All the best from-<o:p></o:p>

Victoria & the team at Scarlet Opus<o:p></o:p>

Thanks for facilitating this conversation Kathy!!!<o:p></o:p>

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have you seen the latest V&A pattern series? They have produced a further 4 books featuring archive patterns from iconic brands including Libertys and Heal's.
We have a copy of the Heal's book to give away over on our blog:
Hi Dana!
Thanks for the tip about this book ;) We've just entered our detailed for their competition. Fingers crossed-
Victoria R
Are any of Henry Moore's textiles available in reproduction? Lovely works.


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