30 Most Incredible Textures for Vintage Style Design

By / Jan 14, 2009 / Freebies

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.

  • http://www.raymondselda.com/ Raymond Selda

    These are really nice. Thank you

  • http://www.ondrejvertat.cz/ Ondrej Vertat

    Amazing collection, thanks!

  • http://thedesignoblog.com Niki Brown | The Design O’Blog

    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!

  • http://www.chris-wallace.com Chris W.

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

  • Derek

    Beautiful list. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.teaminm.com Zak | Integrated New Media

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

  • http://fuelyourcreativity.com Adelle

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

  • http://www.minervity.com Richard Andersson

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

    Thanks!

  • http://www.thisisaaronslife.com Aaron Irizarry

    Wow! these are beautiful. Thanks for posting them

    ~ Aaron I

  • http://www.from-the-couch.com David Perel

    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.

  • http://henryjones.us Henry

    @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.

  • Chowder

    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

  • azdaja

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

  • http://vintom.com Vin Thomas

    AWESOME LIST!

  • http://www.1stwebdesigner.com Dainis Graveris

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

  • andrew

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

  • http://eneza.wordpress.com Eneza

    Check out those ancient beauty. Great Collection.

  • http://projectautomatika.blogspot.com projectautomatika

    amazing textures! thanks!

  • http://www.nathanhangen.com/blog Nathan Hangen

    Incredible collection. Thanks.

  • http://2009 iris

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

  • http://.... highgirl

    amazing textures! thanks!

  • kim min

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

  • http://www.lukesbeard.com Lukes

    Wow , great stuff. Tweeted

  • http://www.thedarlingtree.com Jo

    Beautiful textures, will definitely come in handy

  • http://www.patternhead.com Patternhead

    Love those vintage patterns. Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://jade.cadelina.com/ Mr.Jade Cadelina

    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… :)

  • http://sineload.com/ Sineload

    These textures are great. Thanks for posting this.

  • M

    Gorgeous textures, thanks for the list!

  • http://lostbrooklyn.org matthew

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

  • http://www.icositetrahedron.com guido

    Great. They are all fantastic.

    http://www.icositetrahedron.com

  • Lucidles

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

    Les

  • http://fedeweb.wordpress.com Fedeweb

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

  • http://www.thelogofactory.com Logo Factory Design Studio

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

  • Kacey

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

  • http://www.melsbrushes.co.uk mel

    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

  • http://www.photoblog.com/libein20/2008/11/15/2d-design.html Lindsay Bein

    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!

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

    These are really nice… thank you!

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

  • http://prandall.com Paul

    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.

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    I’m liking the vintage polka dots :)

  • http://roulettesecretsuncovered.co.uk Martin Lewis

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

  • When will it end?

    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??

  • http://www.evertsemeijn.nl/ E.J. Semeijn

    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.

  • http://www.funfluster.com Haider Raza

    good textures ….. like the Use This 52

  • http://www.xfar.net Xfar

    Nice collection although I like more modern stuff

  • http://freelancerfiles.net manoballs

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

  • CrankyKid

    Killer textures.

    check out this other site I found.

    http://www.texturesnob.com/

  • http://www.sellingcr.com/crblog Dominical Costa Rica

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

  • http://www.stiltec.de STILTEC

    Great Idea

  • Free Stuff

    Great textures, thanks for having it :-)

  • http://www.katrinacostedio.com Katrina Costedio

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

  • federico

    me encantan este tipo de texturas
    muchas gracias por compartirlas

  • http://www.theageofnepotism.com Nebojsa

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

  • http://isolation-anxiety.blogspot.com avel

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

  • http://. gilson

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

  • fowlerok

    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;-)

    • http://ww.oldportportland.com steve tracy

      Ever get your website up and running?

  • Lubo

    Ohhh, thats lovely!

  • http://www.suhails.com sam_khrap

    excellent collection ! I really love it

  • j

    What a wonderful collection!!

  • http://www.usa-batteries.com zillionliu

    classtic pic for backgroud image!

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  • patrick james

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

  • http://www.buenospixels.de birgit meyke

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

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  • alexandra

    Preciosas texturas…muy muy lindas!

  • http://www.creativebrandmarketing.co.uk Nigel Lamb

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

  • http://www.riandesign.eu Rian

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

  • http://www.facefinance.com Personal finance blog

    Great resource and free. Thank you

  • aldo

    excelentes fondos.
    zaludoz

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  • http://pachuvachuva.wordpress.com pachuvachuva

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

  • rebecca hyde

    Love these textures. x

  • John

    Quite a few of the links don’t work!

    Shame!!

  • J

    nice!thanks~

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/loladuende Lola Duende

    Beautiful textures!!! 😉

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  • http://www.ryuuzakitoushiro.wordpress.com Alexandrae

    These are really nice texture…Nice collection

  • gottalovethefreestuff

    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!!!

  • Yayu

    ..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..

  • http://www.afino.ru/ afino

    Beauty 95 so cool! Thanks

  • http://www.mxky.com Infographiste

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

  • http://viuu.co.uk TwitterBackgrounds

    All these textures are fantastic and inspiring.

  • aubrey

    super like it :)

  • http://www.tv3arb.com sami

    thanksssss

  • http://www.creativeinkinvites.com giselle

    Love them!

  • http://www.bubururesources.info Buburu Resources

    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.

  • http://alicialoh.com Alicia

    These are pretty cool. Thanks!

  • http://www.ara1.jimdo.com soso

    Thanks these are realy FANTASTIC

  • http://www.mangish.com/ mangeshi

    These are really nice texture…Nice collection

  • john

    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

  • http://eyzhel.tumblr.com eyzhel