(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)
Meller, Susan, and Joost Elffers. Textile Designs: 200 Years of Patterns for Printed Fabrics arranged by Motif, Colour, Period and Design. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1995.
This massive book is full of gorgeous full-color photographs of textile and of painted swatches of original textile designs. It would clearly be a highly inspirational book for designers, as it is organized around styles, themes, types, and designs. Unfortunately for the historic costumer, it is not organized by period, so attempting to utilize the book to hone one’s “eye” for a given period is quite challenging. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful resource.