The basis of beauty

It is a matter of taste what type of patterns we prefer. While some enjoy large spaces or bright colours others prefer delicate and curved lines and shapes. But who designs the patterns that finally get to our blankets or carpets?

Today, designers take care of this task by means of computer software; in former times, this profession was called patroneur, dessinateur, or simply pattern designer. This occupation required an apprenticeship. The cloth pattern or “Patrone” was transferred from a kind of engineering drawing to a pattern paper, the so-called “Patronenpapier”. Then, the schematic representation of the texile pattern started to show on the squared pattern paper.


This was the basis of tissue manufacturing, e.g. by looms, with the respective pattern. The example of a patroneur to be seen on the screenshot is from the “velvet-and-silk-town” of Krefeld, where textile processing has a long-standing tradition.

Rheinland: Archiv der Evang. Kirche > Krefeld > Taufen 1885-1890

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