“In the words of Auguste Racinet (L’Ornement Polychrome, 1875 – 1888), the ‘irrepressible acanthus has passed through twenty-two centuries without losing one of its leaves and has covered with its branches the whole monumental world.’ Its scrolled leave has been the basis of many a scrollwork pattern. Scrollwork has appeared constantly in printed textiles from the eighteenth century on. Sometimes quite acanthus-like, and sometimes stylized into an almost abstract impression of looping vines and leaves. It combines allover coverage with graceful lightness and is usually nondirectional.”

In: Susan Meller und Joost Elffers, Textile Designs, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1991, p. 221.