A Taste for the Exotic

Orientalist Interiors


A sumptuously illustrated exploration of the enduring allure of the Orientalist style

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Emmanuelle Gaillard, Marc Walter


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.

Additional information

Weight 1896 g
Dimensions 24.8 x 32.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2011
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.8 x 32.6 cm
Weight 1896 g


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Emmanuelle Gaillard is an art historian and editor who has worked on many books about art and architecture.

Marc Walter is a graphic designer and photographer. His books include Empire Style: Authentic Decor, The Great Family Houses of Europe and The World in 1900: A Colour Portrait, all published by Thames & Hudson.