This beautifully produced book explores the charm of Orientalist decor, and introduces the princes and aristocrats, artists and poets who commissioned these opulent eighteenth and nineteenth century interiors.
Architects and decorative artists of the time were constantly seeking new sources of inspiration to satisfy the demands of their rich patrons. While some revisited the canons of the classical world, others began to turn their eyes towards the East, and the 'Oriental' became a byword for spectacle and sensuality. The result was a wave of creative expression that encompassed everything from the smallest objets d’art to entire buildings.
Packed with images of beautiful decorative objects, extravagant interiors, sumptuous fabrics and ornate furniture, this book will transport the reader to another time and place.
'The antithesis of minimalism … fabulously ornate Oriental vases, wallpaper, furniture, ceramics and architecture are all beautifully reproduced and their influence explained. A gorgeous visual feast.'