30 Most Incredible Textures for Vintage Style Design

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One of the most important aspects of a good vintage style design is the use of authentic looking textures. Since most of you probably don’t have time to browse the local antique shop, and your grandmother’s attic is miles away, we’ve put together a list of some of the best vintage textures we have ever seen.

All of these are free, but make sure to read the terms before using.

You are sure to find a use for these textures, but if you want more, check out the best texture packs from 2008.

Vintage XIII

Vintage XIII

+texture

+texture

Vintage Musk

Vintage Musk

Vintage V

Vintage V

Simple Vintage

Simple Vintage

vintage strip texture

vintage strip texture

Vintage Grunge

Vintage Grunge

map texture 1

map texture 1

Vintage IV

Vintage IV

Victorian grunge V

Victorian grunge V

vintage polka dot texture

vintage polka dot texture

Victorian grunge IV

Victorian grunge IV

Vintage Musk 3

Vintage Musk 3

Grunge Wallpaper 1

Grunge Wallpaper 1

Use This 52

Use This 52

Beauty 96

Beauty 96

Beauty 95

Beauty 95

Vintage Texture II

Vintage Texture II

Art Nouveau Pattern Texture

Art Nouveau Pattern Texture

Antique Script Texture

Antique Script Texture

music texture 4

music texture 4

vintage diamonds

vintage diamonds

Vintage II

Vintage II

Vintage XV

Vintage XV

Vintage XVII

Vintage XVII

Vintage Wall Paper Texture

Vintage Wall Paper Texture

Grunge Wallpaper 2

Grunge Wallpaper 2

Cracked Wallpaper

Cracked Wallpaper

Victorian Wallpaper

Victorian Wallpaper

Vintage XII

Vintage XII

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

91 Comments

  1. Raymond Selda
    January 14, 2009

    These are really nice. Thank you

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  2. Ondrej Vertat
    January 14, 2009

    Amazing collection, thanks!

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  3. Niki Brown | The Design O’Blog
    January 14, 2009

    ohhh nice! Ill have to use some of them for a fun project in the future! Thanks for taking the time to find all the textures!

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  4. Chris W.
    January 14, 2009

    I am always looking for good free seamless patterns. Those are often quite a bit more useful. But good post overall.

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  5. Derek
    January 14, 2009

    Beautiful list. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Zak | Integrated New Media
    January 14, 2009

    pretty amazing list! always love when someone else can do the hard work and find great textures!

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  7. Adelle
    January 14, 2009

    These are beautiful, love this collection. I see some site enhancements as well since last time I checked…looking amazing Henry!

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  8. Richard Andersson
    January 14, 2009

    Nice! I like the roccoco textures the best. They look very authentic!

    Thanks!

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  9. Aaron Irizarry
    January 14, 2009

    Wow! these are beautiful. Thanks for posting them

    ~ Aaron I

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  10. David Perel
    January 14, 2009

    I am not usually crazy about list posts (1 million red websites etc) but this is an absolute keeper.

    Great post and some beautiful textures here. Bookmarked for sure.

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  11. Henry
    January 14, 2009

    @Chris W – Yes the seamless ones are nice, but those normally don’t have all of the irregular details that give textures their character.

    @Adelle – Thanks! I’m finally finding time to add the things that I had to leave out when trying to get the site launched.

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  12. Chowder
    January 14, 2009

    Im a fan of the art style of a new cartoon show on Cartoon Network called Chowder. instead of coloring in their figures they use alot of these ornate vintage textures and its really well done. if you like this you should check it out

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  13. azdaja
    January 14, 2009

    these are gorgeous! I am definitely taking a few. These are worth figuring out how to use textures!

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  14. Vin Thomas
    January 14, 2009

    AWESOME LIST!

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  15. Dainis Graveris
    January 14, 2009

    very useful textures!! this kind of resource is really rare, appreciated list!

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  16. andrew
    January 14, 2009

    great list. Polka dot pic is not linked to the correct URL. Please fix, thanks!

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  17. Eneza
    January 14, 2009

    Check out those ancient beauty. Great Collection.

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  18. projectautomatika
    January 14, 2009

    amazing textures! thanks!

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  19. Nathan Hangen
    January 15, 2009

    Incredible collection. Thanks.

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  20. iris
    January 15, 2009

    hello !
    I’m korean…..
    photoshop에 쓸게요…
    (korea 말로 해서 sorry)

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  21. highgirl
    January 15, 2009

    amazing textures! thanks!

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  22. kim min
    January 15, 2009

    goooooooooooood ~!
    from. south korea..
    http://www.cyworld.com/01024690804

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  23. Lukes
    January 15, 2009

    Wow , great stuff. Tweeted

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  24. Jo
    January 15, 2009

    Beautiful textures, will definitely come in handy

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  25. Patternhead
    January 15, 2009

    Love those vintage patterns. Thanks for sharing :)

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  26. Mr.Jade Cadelina
    January 15, 2009

    I can’t stop coming back to this page. I’ve tested them out as WordPress theme backgrounds. These textures are amazing. :)

    Thanks again for a great list… :)

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  27. Sineload
    January 15, 2009

    These textures are great. Thanks for posting this.

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  28. M
    January 15, 2009

    Gorgeous textures, thanks for the list!

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  29. matthew
    January 15, 2009

    My urban textures. Someone may like them here
    http://lostbrooklyn.org/texture_gallery/

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  30. guido
    January 15, 2009

    Great. They are all fantastic.

    http://www.icositetrahedron.com

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  31. Lucidles
    January 15, 2009

    You’ll get nothing but praise from me. Wonderful designs.

    Les

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  32. Fedeweb
    January 15, 2009

    Wow great list!! there are two links error..
    Vintage Wall Paper Texture and Grunge Wallpaper 2 are wrong..sorry for my bad English..

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  33. Logo Factory Design Studio
    January 16, 2009

    Outstanding textures and backgrounds. There’s a dew that remind me of the wallpapers in my Grandma’s house. A very long time ago…

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  34. Kacey
    January 17, 2009

    Wow, these are FANTASTIC! Thank you so much, just what I was looking for!

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  35. mel
    January 17, 2009

    Nice collection – though some more convincing than others! I have a ‘vintage scratch’ high res brush set free on my blog for creating these sorts of effects. Its here: http://www.melsbrushes.co.uk/?p=207

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  36. Lindsay Bein
    January 17, 2009

    If you like these patterns I just did a project with seamless patterns in a 2d class. Here are the steps…

    -draw a macro picture of an intense object with a lot of parts. Make sure the project is in a perfect square

    - take thise project and reverse the colors.

    - take these two and expiriment with them in radial symmetry.. repetition is key.. and using photoshop it is easy to re-create your favorite things!

    The brainstorming for my final project is posted as my website.. it isn’t vintage but using that idea try it yourself!

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  37. Linda
    January 18, 2009

    These are really nice… thank you!

    Linda from http://cookingtipoftheday.blogspot.com/

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  38. Paul
    January 18, 2009

    Some really nice textures there. I will try and incorporate these into my next project. I have spent a little bit of time getting into textures recently with my new site http://prandall.com – it is the first site where I have really used something other than a gradient.

    It was Jason Beaird’s book The Principles of Beautiful Web Design that really sold to me the importance of textures to a website.

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  39. Timothy
    January 21, 2009

    I’m liking the vintage polka dots :)

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  40. Martin Lewis
    January 22, 2009

    Cheers. I’ll def be using some of these.

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  41. When will it end?
    January 22, 2009

    When will this obsession with “vintage” background design die out?! I for one don’t want my website to look like my bathroom’s old, mildewy wallpaper. Let’s just let another handful of crappy bands use this as their MySpace backdrop and call it done. Sound good everyone??

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  42. E.J. Semeijn
    January 23, 2009

    I like the pictures and I also think it’s time to move on to the next design trend. I’ve had it with the grunge stuff.

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  43. Haider Raza
    January 24, 2009

    good textures ….. like the Use This 52

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  44. Xfar
    January 24, 2009

    Nice collection although I like more modern stuff

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  45. manoballs
    January 25, 2009

    Hey! I like your site and the images are beautiful. i will use some of these texture to build on my future projects. Cheers

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  46. CrankyKid
    January 26, 2009

    Killer textures.

    check out this other site I found.

    http://www.texturesnob.com/

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  47. Dominical Costa Rica
    January 28, 2009

    Fantastic textures. I especially like the parchment ones and will use them a lot. Thanks for the hard work.

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  48. STILTEC
    January 30, 2009

    Great Idea

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  49. Free Stuff
    February 1, 2009

    Great textures, thanks for having it :-)

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  50. Katrina Costedio
    February 3, 2009

    Thanks so much. You are awesome.
    I am so glad I found you.

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  51. federico
    February 9, 2009

    me encantan este tipo de texturas
    muchas gracias por compartirlas

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  52. Nebojsa
    February 9, 2009

    Once more I am stunned. Will use some of these for sure.

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  53. avel
    February 18, 2009

    wow, cool, thanks!!!
    great resources for photoshop…

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  54. gilson
    February 19, 2009

    very beatfuul! As texturas maravilhosas, me retornaram ao passado remoto!
    Gilson Tankiu!

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  55. fowlerok
    February 20, 2009

    I would love to find someone to use these to design me a simple tiny site for my show pug dogs???? Anyone?
    I love vintage….. Never gets old…. just where we all come from;-)

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    • steve tracy
      May 20, 2010

      Ever get your website up and running?

      Reply
  56. Lubo
    March 24, 2009

    Ohhh, thats lovely!

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  57. sam_khrap
    March 29, 2009

    excellent collection ! I really love it

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  58. j
    March 29, 2009

    What a wonderful collection!!

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  59. zillionliu
    April 14, 2009

    classtic pic for backgroud image!

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  61. patrick james
    May 14, 2009

    Wow. An absolutely wonderful collection! Many thanks! :)

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  62. birgit meyke
    May 21, 2009

    GREAT & soooooo BEAUTIFUL, I choose number 95 fpr a headpic in my website and say: ThanXXL

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  64. alexandra
    July 15, 2009

    Preciosas texturas…muy muy lindas!

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  65. Nigel Lamb
    July 16, 2009

    Great selection. I really like the lighting effects used on them, really brings them to live and gives them a more contemporary feel. Cheers!

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  66. Rian
    August 2, 2009

    From the Netherlands ;
    Thanks !! these are realy FANTASTIC !!

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  67. Personal finance blog
    August 6, 2009

    Great resource and free. Thank you

    Reply
  68. aldo
    August 10, 2009

    excelentes fondos.
    zaludoz

    Reply
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  70. pachuvachuva
    October 5, 2009

    Amazing. Simply amazing. Thanks for these. ^_^

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  71. rebecca hyde
    October 17, 2009

    Love these textures. x

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  72. John
    November 2, 2009

    Quite a few of the links don’t work!

    Shame!!

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  73. J
    November 7, 2009

    nice!thanks~

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  74. Lola Duende
    December 9, 2009

    Beautiful textures!!! ;)

    Reply
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  76. Alexandrae
    January 7, 2010

    These are really nice texture…Nice collection

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  77. gottalovethefreestuff
    January 12, 2010

    i know these have been up for a year now, but I wanted to let you know that 99% of the links are bad – getting 404 error.

    Thank you so much for your eforts! You rock!!!

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  78. Yayu
    January 14, 2010

    ..i just want to say thanks +++ for your xcellent compilation of these vintage textures..amazing and great..waking me up to xplore the ideas more n more..

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  79. afino
    January 20, 2010

    Beauty 95 so cool! Thanks

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  80. Infographiste
    February 3, 2010

    Awesome list, my fav one is the “vintage strip” texture. Thanks for sharing

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  81. TwitterBackgrounds
    July 23, 2010

    All these textures are fantastic and inspiring.

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  82. aubrey
    August 11, 2010

    super like it :)

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  83. sami
    May 22, 2011

    thanksssss

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  84. giselle
    June 8, 2011

    Love them!

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  85. Buburu Resources
    June 27, 2011

    I love grunge and vintage style! I have a Free Set of 52 Grunge brushes here – http://bubururesources.info/?p=478 which can help creating these effects.

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  86. Alicia
    September 7, 2011

    These are pretty cool. Thanks!

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  87. soso
    December 25, 2011

    Thanks these are realy FANTASTIC

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  88. mangeshi
    March 24, 2012

    These are really nice texture…Nice collection

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  89. john
    May 10, 2012

    Nice textures, thank you for sharing. I would like to add at this collection another set of free vintage textures check here: http://www.creattor.com/textures-patterns/vintage-grunge-papers-textures-pack-3770

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  90. eyzhel
    May 15, 2012

    Nice collections!
    Here’s mine:
    http://eyzhel.tumblr.com/post/23096565455/vintage-textures

    :)

    Reply

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