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About us

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The Design Library's business is the sale and licensing of antique, vintage, modern and
contemporary textile designs for inspiration to the fashion, home furnishings, textile, wall covering,
graphic arts, and paper product industries.

The Design Library has the world's largest and best organized collections of documentary fabrics,
original paintings, wallpapers, embroideries and yarn dyes, numbering over seven million designs.
The collections date from the 1750s to the late 20th century and are sorted into over 900 categories
for easy access.

There exists an infinity of ways to design a piece of paper or fabric. Across three hundred years
of highly skilled creative work - mostly by anonymous artists - a marvelous assortment of
designs has emerged. Pattern is everywhere and has always been a powerful means of individual
and cultural expression.

The Design Library is proud of the depth, breadth, organization and continuing expansion of our
archive. The scope of the archive collections, our vast reservoir of untapped designs and our
constant new acquisitions mean that the Library is effectively a limitless resource.

We welcome the challenge to present designs that most successfully transcend their original
context to inspire the collections of our clients today.

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"The Design Library is an integral part of our design/inspiration process each season;
we can always look forward to great breadth in print and yarn dye selection, innovative
ideas and Richard and Peter's willingness to collaborate and customize to our specific
needs."

- Mary Clark, Design Director, Cutter and Buck