If you are starting a new website and finishing its design, it makes sense to look at a collection of Subtle Patterns: it is well-arranged collection of background textures (patterns) that is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. They can be used with no restrictions.

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The website has a convenient preview: each texture can be instantly used to the whole page as the background. Now there are 93 patterns, a collection has been updated with outstanding new items every week.
Killer 23 december 2011, 17:52