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Monograms Designs


In Europe embroidered letters have been use to decorate textile for a very long time. In medieval times letters were often embroidered on religious ornaments. On the Bayeux tapestry each panel has an embroidered text in Latin. The design of embroidered letters has often been inspired by the art of calligraphy.

Letter B designed circa 1500 France
The letter on the left was designed in France circa 1500. The use of monograms seems to be older than writing itself. In ancient time they were used to sign sculpture, art works or coins. In the middle ages monograms were commonly used as a signature on official documents. The use of monograms as a proof of ownership was and still is very common.
Monogram design b 1923
Monogram B designed in 1935, Paris
Monogram Model EP for Table-cloth
Monogram EP for tablecloth. Early 20th century.
Double monogram jp
Double monogram JP. Mid 20th century.
Double monogram model for napkins
Geometical stylised monograms are typical of the 20th century.
Monogram model oo
Monogram OO from the 50'
Monogram MV farendole
An extremely stylised double monogram MV in the style of the 50's
monogram model f
Monogram AB garniture
Geometrical monogram AB for garniture, from " Broderie Pratique", 1926
Monogram mode AA farendole
Monogram model  gothic H
Monogram design H , end of the 19th century, at the time of gothic revival.
Monogram H circa 1400
Letter H designed circa 1400.
Monogram W 1930
Monogram W 1930
Monogram model b buds
Monogram b using flowers design, 1868, La Mode Illustrée
Monogram LM
Monogram A 1920 nouille style
Monogram art-eco st
monogram fp 1924
Monogram BT art-deco
monogram model designNMP
Monogram rb wheat
Double monogram RB with embroidred ears of wheat symbol of prosperity for the new couple. Early 20th century.
Monogram model FD for pillow shams
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