Designs from countries like Morocco, India and Turkey are hotter than ever today butÂ the history of the influences from the Far East and the Islamic world on design in Europe and America can be traced back centuries.Â TheÂ visually stunning new bookÂ Exotic Taste, Orientalist Interiors by Emmanuelle Gaillard (The Vendome Press, Ocotober 2011) explores this elaborate style and its development through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Gaillard explains howÂ the dominance of classicism coupled with an increase in trade with the East led to a taste for the exotic and how these influences inspired everyone from the French court to Mark Twain.
Exotic Taste is a fascinating history illustrated with tours of homes of writers, artists, and royalty and a real treat for anyone interested in history, travel, and design.Â It’s also a must for my fellow fabric, pattern and wallpaper fanatics.
For more information on Exotic Taste, visit the Vendome Press website.
There are lots of exciting things are in store for next week and I can’t wait to share them with you. Until then, have a great weekend!
*A review copy of the book was provided by the publisher.