On my recent visit to The Metropolitan Museum in NYC, I was drawn into the ancient world. Actually, I was dragged, as my 6 year old was intent on seeing all the Egyptian mummies, temples and tombs. Within the Egyptian collection, I was arrested by the vibrant colors and patterns found in wall and ceiling fragments. How inspiring are these graphic patterns, that we often think of as modern?
3,300 year old "modern", meet today's interpretation:
The ever-popular zig zag motif? A river, of course.
Alan Campbell's fabrics are not the only ones I "saw" when browsing the Metropolitan Museum. This precursor to the motif we refer to as Greek Key
is plainly visible in this Schumacher 'Greek Key':
Doubtless there are many more contemporary fabrics with roots in the ancient past. Inspiration for interior designers, fabric designers and all types of artists is found in countless places, but the world's great art museums, like the Met, must surely be at the top of the list.