Font designed by Giovanni Antonio Tagliente; woodcuts engraved by Piron da Carpi
From: Opera nuova che insegna a le donne a cuscire laqual e intitolata Esempio di raccammi (A New Work that Teaches Women how to Sew Entitled "Samples of Embroidery")
Publisher: Giovanantonio e i Fratelli da Sabbio, Venice, 1530
13/16 x 6 3/16 x 3/8 in. (19.8 x 15.7 x 1 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.75.3)
Among the many designs published in this Venetian needlework pattern book are groppi moreschi e rabeschiMoorish knots and arabesques. Both are elements directly copied from Islamic designs, especially from metalwork with geometric ornament. Venetian craftsmen of all trades in turn drew inspiration from the patterns in these books.