[Images copyright the V & A]
Or the floating basket of fruit decked out with a chic red tassel?
Maybe the exquisitely detailed floral border that brings into focus the 18th-century silk coverlet's central element, that ethereal tree?
Made in Guangzhou, China, the handpainted cloth was likely a bedcover, according to the V & A, and aesthetically it has a lot in common with export wallpapers from the same region. Just the other day, Emile de Bruijn posted news of an upcoming exhibition, Peeling Back the Years, that looks like a must see for UK bound Chinese wallpaper junkies. As always, Emile's wallpaper posts are filled with striking images rarely seen elsewhere. And in case you missed it last year, this one dealt with a really specific design element that has an awfully cool sound: mottled bamboo trelliswork borders. At least I think anything with "mottled" in front of it sounds intriguing.