Bird's eye

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Bird's eye maple cabinet
MFA# 2000.3


A circular pattern with a central spot that resembles the eye of a bird. Some wavy-grain wood veneers, such as Maple, can have a bird's eye pattern. Bird's eye textile patterns are woven with an all-over diamond shaped pattern and a dot in the center. The diamond pattern is often used for towels, napkins, and diapers, such as Diaper cloth and Huckaback.

Synonyms and Related Terms

bird's eye maple; birds eye maple; diamond cloth; diaper cloth; damask diaper; twill diaper; reverse twill weave; huckaback

Bird's eye maple (Acer Sp.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Henry Hodges, Artifacts: An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology, Ronald P. Frye, Kingston, Canada, 1988 Comment: p. 142
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937

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