What a funny little book about design! The pattern images are all the most basic examples of their kind. Not only that, but they're all printed in black and shades of grey, with a very few pastels thrown in.
Yet inside is enough to satisfy the curiosity and wandering mind of any surface pattern designer, on any venn diagram ever. There's history, sociology, cultural references, anthropology, mythology, poetry, mathematics...you name it! Name another pattern book that can tell you the real reason that some refer to the French as "frogs." (Hint: it's nothing to do with lunch!) Learn what "tribe" your choice of neckwear might be signaling. Or why, in 16th century Kashmir, the gift of an costly paisley shawl put you a rung down on the social ladder.
Throughout Patternalia, you'll find underlined text, rather like hyperlinks. You are encouraged to jump from topic to topic, as these "links" intrigue you. Small enough to reside on the corner of a desk or bedside table, Patternalia invites you to browse at will. Who knows how you might be inspired!