Arabesque is one of the more famous tableware patterns from the Denby Pottery. Designed by Gill Pemberton, the evocative shapes and decoration were inspired by a trip to Russia.
The striking bold seventies design with yellow, brown and red circles on a dark brown background made it stand out from the crowd and provoked a 'marmite' reaction among many. It was initially called "Samarkand" but the name was changed after the Portmeirion Pottery exhibited a design of the same name.
Originally it was hand-painted with great variations in the depth and clarity of the pattern. Later more uniformity was introduced to the Arabesque design as production moved over to a decal or transfer style print. The range was discontinued in 1984.