Chinoiserie as Fantastic Decor of Yesterday and Today (II)

Written by Juliette Qi

 

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Modern Living Room with Chinoiseries

Last time,we talked a lot about the birth and the development of the Chinoiserie between Europe and Asia. In this article, we invite you to discover how the term “chinoiserie” has evolved, from a word which means exotic objects to an artistic decorative style. Before that, let’s watch a video together to discover how to add a ” Chinoiserie Touche” to our home decor .

 

Initially, the word “chinoiserie” meant small subjects, fantastic animals or burlesque characters (called “magots” or “pagodas”) that European manufactories fabricated to imitate statuettes imported from collections from the Far East. These figures were generally colored with bright tones detached on a milky white background. They often served as table decor, candle holders or decorated clock frames.

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Writing Desk in Painted Wood Decorated with Chinoiseries. 17th Century

As a style belonging to the court, chinoiserie quickly explanded to all the decorative art fields : textiles, ornaments, architecture, furniture, tapestries and porcelain. Fantastic Chinese characters settle on tables and consoles while their silhouettes decorated the body of the vases. Their ceremonies and living scenes are reproduced on tapestries or painted decorations. Candy boxes and cane handles take the form of Asian characters. Some oriental pavilions are built in gardens while some legendary Chinese characters dance on European opera stages.

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Plate Decorated with a Chinese on a Mound. 18th Century.

However, even if the craftsmen sought to imitate oriental creative techniques (whose secrets have still not been revealed), their aesthetic catered to French taste above all others. Therefore, chinoiserie no longer attempted imitation but have become the results of authentic European creations based on Chinese themes.

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François Boucher, « Le jardin chinois »

Including Antoine Watteau, Jean Pillement and François Boucher, the artists of the 18th century broke  with the style of the previous century, abandoning rigid models to embrace pleasure and dreams. China becomes the favorite motif for ornamental designers, in its most fantastic and fantasized dimension. Settled in decorative arts, intimate pieces and ornamental pavilions, chinoiserie was unburdened from the established practice and presented itself as one of the most original styles among the art of the Enlightenment.

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Canvas Screen Painted with Chinoiserie after A Set by Jean-Baptiste Pillement

In the middle of the eighteenth century, the fantasy of rocaille cartridges gave way to quieter compositions. Grouped into small scenes alluding to fragments of great compositions, the characters represented engaged instead in peaceful activities, such as gardening or tea tasting. The Chinese-themed paintings, still numerous in the second half of the 18th century, depicted fragments of landscapes suspended in light networks of branches and foliage.

Aesthetic trend, ornamental style, decorative art…Chinoiserie is above all else a Western invention. It reflects European fantasies about a mythical Far East, about an alluring China filled with colorful birds, mountainous landscapes and fragile pagodas populated by phoenixes and dragons. From past to present, this style still functions as a bridge linking imagination and reality, the East and West as well as history and the future.

 

 

 

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Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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Chinoiserie: Fantasy Decoration of Yesterday and Today (I)

Written by Juliette Qi

 

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Tapestry, «Prince chinois»

 

You’ve certainly heard about “Chinoiserie” in the field of Decorative Art, but do you know the origin of this historical art style that has inspired so many creations? Here is a video to give you some ideas.

This time, the Interact China team will be looking back at the history of Chinoiserie to better appreciate this style, which is of great interest and still applied in today’s interior decoration.

Born from Western taste for Oriental Arts, “Chinoiserie” is inspired by a kind of fantasy that mixes various exotic ornamental motifs. Throughout all the great European styles, from silks to furniture, in all fields from the decorative art to architecture, chinoiserie owes its success to its paradisiacal imagery, as well as to the wonderful stories of traveling merchants. Based both on their real experiences and their imagination, some European writers like Marco Polo and Jean de Mandeville also built their image of China in the similar way.

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Table with Chinoiserie Design

In the field of Decorative Art, Europe owes a lot to Chinese art: western artisans have imitated ceramics, lacquers and precious fabrics imported from the Far East. Louis XIV construction of the Trianon de Porcelaine in Versailles is an example of this. In the eighteenth century, all castles in Europe had a Chinese living room or pavilion erected in a Chinese garden. It’s quiet interesting that, at that time, Europeans also covered the walls of their homes and decorated their everyday objects with scenes of Chinese life.

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Glass Wine Cooler Painted Chinese Décor

Until the 16th century, trade with the Far East was only by land. However, the boom in maritime navigation increased its intensity. At the beginning of the 17th century, specific trading posts were set up, but the prices of these products imported to Europe remained expensive. So, Europeans tried to produce similar objects to compete with the imported products, which stimulated the desire to imitate some materials still unknown like lacquer or porcelain.

This is why varnishing developed to create objects comparable to lacquerwork, and generations of lacquerers were emerging all over Europe. In the 18th century in Paris, the Martin Brothers developed the Vernis Martin, which produced multiple compositions of colored images, glued and varnished on furniture.

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Tea Box in Black and Gold Lacquer, Featuring Characters

Since it was nearly impossible to manufacture porcelain without materials thought to be found only in Asia, earthenware was first used to imitate porcelain  and a fake porcelain, called soft porcelain, was invented. The Delft manufacturers did a particularly good job in this area by adopting the blue and white decoration of the Ming period (1368-1644). But it is the discovery of kaolinite in Saxony that finally allowed for the Western manufacture of porcelain with the same qualities as those of China. The ceramic wares of Meissen and elsewhere were thus able to take inspiration from the Chinese forms for their plates, vases and tea sets.

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Pair of Cloisonné Vases, Canton (China)

Thus, a particular art style was born in Europe, based on Sino-European intercultural communication. It is rather fantastic, isn’t it? In the next episode, we’ll invite you to continue our journey through time and space to explore the development of this inspiring art style.

 

 

 

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Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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Ideas to Give a Zen or Asian Style to Your Décor (II)

Written by Juliette Qi

 

Following our previous ‘discovery’ of Zen décor, we will continue creating a peaceful space where you can enjoy a tranquil and inspiring atmosphere everyday.

 

 

The Furniture

 

Here are three basic rules: simple, natural, succinct lines. Here, there’s no intricate details or excess ornamentation. In order to occupy minimal space in each room, the furniture you choose should have several functions. For example, a futon can be used as a sofa during the day and a bed at night, a wooden chest could be both a storage space and a table.

Made of natural materials, Zen furniture should bring a feeling of warmth and relaxation. If it is painted, make sure it is in colors that match the rest of the interior.

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Elegant and simple room

Place the bed or futon close to a natural light source and avoid placing it in front of the door or in a passage area. High beds and padded headboards enhance the feeling of comfort. Do not overdo it with the cushions and keep the bed decorations to a minimum. The same rule applies to the futon in the living room: a white mohair throw or wool blanket could also work as accessory in order to tie the tones together. The bedside tables and side tables are very useful in a Zen room: choose pieces that fit well into the overall design. For a reading corner, choose a simple chair corresponding to the lines and materials used in the rest of the furniture.

 

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Zen Dining Room

 

For the dining room, if you do not particularly want to eat on the tatami, make sure to get a table and chairs with straight lines and clean, solid wood. If you wish, you could opt for glass too! A transparent table top always creates a beautiful effect in a Zen space. Simplify your dining room to the maximum and eliminate all superficial elements, keeping only a table, chairs and a buffet if necessary.

 

The Light

 

First take advantage of the natural daylight, then place different sources of lighting to adjust the intensity of the light in the areas to be illuminated.

 

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Living Room Full of Daylight

On the ceiling, recessed lights are ideal. You could also affix the lighting onto a discreet rail to focus the light on target areas. Of course, fluorescent lamps are eliminated!

For accent lighting, choose a combination of table lamps and floor lamps as indirect light. Arrange them in strategic places: near the bed, in the reading or music corner, in the meditation area … Feel free to add scented candles to the living spaces, in plain sight and arranged in a safe manner.

 

Last but Not Least…

Keep the air of your space fresh with plants and good ventilation. Perfume your pieces with frangrances that appeal to you. A Zen environment awakens all senses, even the sense of smell!

Remove any electric disturbances from your sight. Arrange your devices in a discreet place or hide them even in a piece of furniture specially designed for this purpose. Be sure to remove any wires and cables that could disturb the serene atmosphere of your home.

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Little Indoor Fountain

 

Finally, to complete our Zen home décor, add a fountain or waterfall to your favorite living area: the trickle of a fall and the peaceful view of the water play an important role in Asian interiors. Combined with some exotic plants and pebbles and this special little corner could quickly become the favorite space for the whole family.

 

 

 

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Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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Ideas to Give a Zen or Asian Style to Your Décor (I)

Written by Juliette Qi

 

Do you want to liberate yourself from a monotone life? In search of calm, of getting away from stress? To add tranquility and relaxation to your daily life, opt for an exotic decoration inspired by Asia and redesign your interior according to our oriental aesthetic!

 

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Living-room with Asian decor

 

Simple and refined, the Asian Zen interior is designed to bring peace, balance and serenity to your living space. Here’s a little video to give you more ideas about Zen style applied to modern decor.

 

 

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“禪” (Zen) that refers to meditation

For centuries, Asian cultures have valued some simple furniture styles but with an quite exquisite elegance, perfectly combining the aesthetics and practicality of furniture. Today, Asian and Zen styles merge with Western styles to become a multitude of original and creative possibilities that give birth to some unique and personalized Asian-inspired décor.

Although “zen” is not a proper style of decoration and does not follow a strict guide, it is often associated with the idea of minimalism, hence the simplicity and purity of its lines. In Chinese character, “禪” (Zen) refers to meditation and contemplation. Applied to the interior design, it reflects balance, harmony and relaxation.

 

The Simplicity of the Room

 

Zen spaces do not accept the slightest clutter and are devoid of any ornamentation that is not natural. So if you adopt this style, your first task will be cleaning up! Once you have completely emptied the room, you can gradually introduce your décor.

 

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Simple Zen Lounge

Keep only natural elements if possible: bamboo, bonsai, smooth stones and a water fountain can be used as decorative elements. For wall ornaments, keep only what is closely related to the colors or theme of the room and what are particularly important to you.

 

The Colors

 

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A Natural Zen Room with Reduced Design

Opt for earthy colors such as brown, white, sand, gray, beige or pink, which have the power to create peaceful and relaxed atmospheres in a room. Bright colors disturb the calm of a Zen décor. It is therefore important to preserve the chromatic harmony between the various elements that make up the decoration as well as the visual continuity between the walls, the furniture and the floors.

 

The Floors

 

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Wooden Floor in Zen Style

 

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Gray Floor in Zen Style

For a modern ambiance or for a loft, opt for a white or gray floor: the light-colored floors are particularly refined in a Zen decor.

The flooring can be stone or wood, in harmony with the natural theme, but the bottom line is that it is soft and smooth to the touch. Choose tatami mats made from natural and durable materials to divide spaces or refine your ensemble by combining several wool or pure cotton carpets in khaki, beige and brown tones for unparalleled comfort under your feet. As this kind of fiber requires more maintenance, it is better to choose darker colors.

Disconnect for a moment and discover our most beautiful Zen-inspired decorations, for rooms with a peaceful, minimalist decor, conducive to relaxation and daydreaming …

 

 

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide” 

Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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Transform your home with Chinese-style décor

 

Chinese culture dates back 5,000 years and offers a wealth of decorating ideas. If you love rich colours, this is your look.

China is made up of many different ethnic groups, each contributing elements of colour and design to traditional Chinese style.

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Bold red and gold hues, are coupled with textural elements, water and jade. Dramatic reds and golds symbolize good fortune and wealth. Water is believed to energize and jade is believed to be a talisman against physical and spiritual harm.

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Dragon fire

Rosewood and ebony furnishings inlaid with mother-of-pearl are coveted pieces. The dragon which symbolises power, is one of the most revered signs of the Chinese zodiac and appears frequently in designs and patterns.

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Add rich colours and oriental flair to your life with these Chinese style ideas:

Paint your front door red and frame it in gold to welcome prosperity.

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Lend a hallway distinction with a rosewood chair and a dragon sculpture.

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Place a Chinese fish bowl filled with water in your family room to encourage the flow of positive energy. Fill it with floating candles for a pretty water feature with an Eastern edge

Dress your dining table with luxurious red or yellow silk and a bouquet of pink flowers.

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Place a black lacquer cabinet or chest against a dark red feature wall for Chinese style, and storage.

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It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to bring the beauty of China into your home, just begin with a simple red door and take it from there.

(source: http://www.letscolour.com/living-colour/transform-home-chinese-style-decor/

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide” 

Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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Elements of Asian Style Decorating

Many people are looking to simplify their lives and one way to do this is to simplify their surroundings.

For centuries, Asian cultures have lived their lives surrounded by simple, yet elegant furnishings, furniture, and art.

Asian interiors are designed to bring peace, balance, and serenity to the space, which is kept simple and uncluttered. The quality and craftsmanship is exquisite. The style is merging with western style to create a unique Asian-influenced decor.

Read on for more ways to incorporate the elements of Asian style decorating into your home.

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Use Dramatic Color
One of the most dramatic characteristics of Asian decor is the use of color. For Chinese interiors, bold red is a dominant color as it represents good luck. Furniture is typically shiny black lacquered wood. For Japanese style decor, natural tones of brown, grey, and tan are popular. Accents in most Asian decors include gold, either as trim or wall color.526

Texture
When you think of Asian decor, you envision natural wood highly polished to a mirrored shine. Japanese decors use lots of luminous paper surfaces and natural rocks. Bamboo, a large grass, is used for furniture, picture frames, window shades, and containers.

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Nature’s Green
Natural plants and cuttings provide texture and artistic expression in Asian interiors. Bamboo plants in both small and large pots are adorned with red and gold tassels. They are found in Chinese style homes. Meticulously manicured bonsai plants are found in Japanese style homes.

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Multi-Purpose Furniture
With space at a minimum in many Asian interiors, furniture that serves multiple purposes are prominent. A futon provides seating and sleeping in one piece of furniture. A wooden trunk with many drawers provides out-of-sight storage and serves as a table top.

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Oriental Rugs
Floor covering is the foundation for Asian interiors, whether it’s a tatami mat in a Japanese room or a beautiful floral wool rug in a Chinese interior. Furniture and fabric colors enhance and draw out the colors in the flooring.

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Windows
Window treatments serve to bring balance into an Asian style room. Generally, if the decorative elements (furniture, rugs, wall treatments) are elaborate, the window treatments should be simple. However, if the color palate is neutral, you might add colorful or patterned window treatments. General, Japanese window treatments use simple woven curtains or bamboo or wood blinds. You might see more elaborate and ornate window treatments with tassels and texture in a Chinese decor.

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Screens
With space in Asian interiors at a minimum, floor screens are a major element of the decor. A Shoji screen can provide a window cover, serve as a room divider, or hide an unattractive corner.

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Water
Nature provides an important influence in Asian interiors and the delicate sound of falling water and the peaceful look of standing water with fish are prominent in Asian interiors.

Resist the temptation to combine too many pieces or elements of Asian decor into one room. Simplicity and serenity are key and essential to a truly authentic Asian style room.

(source: http://interiordec.about.com/od/asiandecor/a/Asianstyle.htm

 

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide” 

Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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Decorating Your Home with Asian Theme

Although there are various themes and colour combinations in which you can decorate your home but the Asian theme is very unique and stylish. It has all the elements that would make your home look truly amazing and worth watching. Make sure you select the best quality materials and textures for decorating your home with the help of this exceptional theme. Asian inspired themes can really work wonders for your home if you use them in the most appropriate manner.

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People often find it very difficult to select a particular room in which the Asian theme can be applied. If you are also having the same problem then you can use the bathroom as a separate room for applying the theme. This room is used by the people to relax themselves to the fullest. For this cause, it makes ideal sense that some of the more calm and calming plan accents of an Asian decoration would be suitable. In the Asian theme the art works and paintings have a special meaning therefore you must consider installing them. You can also make the use of the wonderful water features that are truly ravishing to look at. In the Asian theme a lot of space is required, therefore you must make sure that all the rooms of your home are cleaned and thoroughly maintained top incorporate the theme.

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The Asian theme would make each and every room of your home look extremely beautiful and mesmerizing whether it is the bathroom area or the kitchen. You can use materials to make a very passionate ambience, rice paper window coverings to shield those inside from snooping eyes, and candles all through the room to end off the creation. Furniture in this room should be thin and neat and Asian screens can be used in order to conceal the piles of laundry or mixed-up areas that you wish not to be detract from the overall passion of the room. Fans make a beautiful adornment for the walls in a bedroom as does mesmerizing art or framed script in the words of passion and care. Instead of using the harsh and direct lights, you can make the use of indirect lights that look extremely marvellous on the walls.

You will see that using the Asian theme for decorating your interiors is one of the best that you will find in various magazines and over the internet. Make sure that you purchase each and every accessory according to this theme to make your place look truly beautiful. I am sure the theme would really help you in decorating your home in the most wonderful and sophisticated manner that you always desired.

(source: http://www.interiormantra.com/decorating-your-home-with-asian-theme)

 

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide” 

Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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Culture insider: 10 types of residential houses across China

With a vast land area and various ethnic groups, China has many different geographical and weather conditions along with a wide variety of life styles. Therefore it is of no surprise that residence designs change from province to province. Among the different styles, there are some that are representative of special places depending on geographical conditions or even ethnic groups.

In this collection, you can have a glimpse of the most stunning folk residences in China.

  1. Siheyuan: Traditional Chinese courtyard house

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Siheyuan is Beijing‘s traditional courtyard-style residence. It is called siheyuan because the houses in it are constructed in such a way that the main house, the wing house and the house facing the main house are connected with walls and the whole complex creates an enclosed square courtyard. It has been served hundred years since this kind of architectural form first took shape. [Photo/CFP]

  1. Yaodong – Cave dwellings on Loess Plateau

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Cave dwellings are found all over Northern China including Shanxi, Gansu, Shaanxi and Henan provinces along the Loess Plateau. Having selected a good place, local people would dig a large pit and dig caves at the four sides, a tunnel leading to the ground at one side and a well in the center of the pit and build low walls at the four sides. The courtyard cave dwelling is warm in winter, cool in summer along with being both rain and fireproof. The pits of different families sit close to each other.

  1. Tulou: Ancient earthen castles of China

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Centuries ago, waves of Han emigrants fled south to avoid natural disasters and social unrest in northern China. They settled in the mountains of Fujian and parts of Jiangxi and Guangdong provinces. They called themselves “Kejia,” or guests, and built fortress-like tulou for protection. Within their sturdy walls, the people became self-sufficient and somewhat isolated. If enemies come, the tulou will be strong fortress once the gate is locked. A tulou can accommodate as many as 200 to 800 people. [Photo/CFP]

  1. Boat-shaped house: Residential dwellings of the Li people in Hainan province

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Boat-shaped homes, also called “boat-shaped thatched cottages” are the traditional residential dwellings of the Li people in Hainan province. Although the decoration and modification of the houses may be different, their general shape is that of an inverted boat. With fences woven with coconut, bamboo and mango leaves and roofs made of thatches, coconut and sunflower leaves, the crude materials needed for the boat-shaped houses were readily available. The houses provide shelter from rain and wind, and protect its inhabitants from wild animals. The structure and shape of the houses can withstand the powerful sun, typhoons and storms.

  1. Mongolian Yurt: Portable house of nomads

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The Mongolian Yurt, called “a vaulted tent” or “felt tent” in ancient times, is a domed pealed tent. The frame of the yurt is a supporting ring, formed by some wooden poles. The yurt’s frame is covered with thick felt fastened from outside with ropes. Every yurt has an opening on the top, which provides both light and ventilation, and a wooden door facing south or southeast. The convenient design suits the mobility of the Mongolian people who live on grazing. As more and more Mongolians settle down, yurts are decreasing in number.

  1. Diaolou: Castle-like tower

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A watchtower, or “Diaolou” built by the Qiang people in Sichuan province. Between 10 and 30 meters high, the watchtowers were normally built beside lower houses. The Qiang ancestors built them to store grain and offer shelter during wars.  While in Kaiping city of Guangdong province, about 1,800 castle-like towers dot the landscape. Some of the towers date to the Ming dynasty. Others were constructed in the early 20th century and bear obvious Western influences. They received a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2007.

  1. Diaojiaolou: Stilted houses entirely made of woods 

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Diaojiaolou, or stilted houses, are special residences for Tujia, Miao, Buyi and Dong ethnic groups in Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and other regions. Sitting high above ground, the design is meant to avoid insects and animals.

  1. Tuzhangfang:  traditional residential building of the Yi ethnic group

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Tuzhangfang, or earthen homes of the Yi ethnic group, look like Tibetan stone-houses but their walls are made of earth beaten hard while under construction. Its flat roof is also used for drying items. Most of these houses are found in central and southeast Yunnan. The house in the photo consists of three to five rooms. The central room has a fire-pit and is the gathering spot both for family members and guests.

  1. Bamboo building: Tropical loft in the rainforests

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The bamboo building of the Dai ethnic group is the stilt style building that takes bamboo as the main construction material. The buildings of this kind are mainly distributed in Yunnan province. The stilt style building is conducive for avoiding insects, snakes and beasts; they are also damp-proof and well ventilated. Besides, the empty room below can be used as a store house or for poultry homes.

  1. Water town: House of dreams for all

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Zhouzhuang near Suzhou in Jiangsu province is one of the few places where one can experience the life of a typical Chinese water town. The traditional residences in the town, mostly built in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1644-1911), flank the winding waterways. Many of them are well-kept and have preserved their original appearances, with white walls and black-tiled roofs.

(source:http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2014-06/23/content_17609009_10.htm

 

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Chinese House Decor Interior Ideas

The Oriental architectural concept is the inspiration that comes from the Far East countries of Asia, especially China and Japan. The Oriental interior design is the combination of simplicity, nature, and the energy to produce the atmosphere of peace and quiet. For a more focused discussion, we’ll review the Chinese house concept as the main subject.

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The Chinese interior color applications tend to use colors like red, brown, gold, and black. In terms of colors, red is the most popular color for the Chinese. Because it is said that red is the color that symbolizes success and prosperity. Integrate red on the walls of the room. You can improve the wall coloring design by combining the red with white or blue in some particular walls, but red is still the dominant color. For the other color, you can integrate it as the decorative element such as the sofa and furniture with the black, the flooring applies brown, while gold is the color of Chinese interior brass accessories.

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The Chinese interior concept can be identified by the integration of the detailed handcrafts represented by animals such as fish, dragons, birds, or other figures of the Chinese mythology. This interior decorative element is very important to create the Chinese culture inside your house.

China is identical with Feng Shui, therefore it is wise if the interior design of your home is a bit referred to Feng Shui. Thus, the selection of colors, objects, furniture, and other elements will be done very carefully in order to bring “benefit” to the occupants of the house.

For those of you who would like to have the distinctiveness inside your house, the Chinese house concept offers something different and exotic compared to the other traditional home cultural design. The richness of the Chinese decorations meets the elegance of the Feng Shui design will bring the “other” design for your home.

(source: http://beautifulhomesdesigns.com/chinese-house-decor-interior-ideas.html

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Chinese cultural relics lost overseas (part 2)

In the long-term of progress of Chinese civilization, millions of valuable artworks were created by intelligent Chinese people. However, because of the wartime robbery or iniquitous trade, numerous national treasures have been lost overseas. Most of them are distributed in museums in the UK, France, Germany, US and Japan.

British museums and libraries have collected 1.3 million Chinese relics from different dynasties. In the British Museum, there are more than 30,000 pieces, including Chinese paintings and calligraphy, ancient books, jade, porcelain and bronze ware, which cover nearly 7000 years of Chinese history.

France is the second largest country to have the most Chinese relics after UK in Europe. In the Louvre Museum, there are over 30,000 relics and among them there are about 6,000 pieces of ancient pottery, bronze ware from the Shang and Zhou dynasties and porcelain ware.

Japan is said to have the most relics from China. Since 1840, at the time of the First Opium War, China has lost many of its treasures. It is said that more than 1,000 public or private museums in Japan have Chinese treasures.

America is home to most of the lost Chinese paintings and calligraphy. In the Freer Gallery alone, there are over 1,200 paintings and over 500 pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Five-Colored Parakeet on a Blossoming Apricot Tree by Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty (1082-1135)

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A colored parrot perched on the twigs of a blossoming apricot, which has fine and slender lines and enriched colors. It is one of the best masterpieces of Emperor Huizong of Song Dynasty. It was originally preserved in the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), which was ransacked by French and British soldiers during the Opium War in 1860. Now it is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA.

Thirteen Emperors Scroll by Yan Liben, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

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Thirteen Emperors Scroll was created by the famous painter Yan Liben during Emperor Taizong’s reign. Its artistic achievement represents the highest level of figure painting in the early Tang Dynasty and has an important status in the history of ancient painting. Yan Liben depicted those emperors’ characteristics veritably by using bold and thick lines. The painting changed hands many times and was finally sold to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) in 1931.

Night-Shining White (Zhao Ye Bai) by Han Gan, Tang Dynasty (618-906)

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Han Gan was a leading horse painter of the Tang Dynasty. This painting is a portrait of Zhao Ye Bai, a favorite imperial horse of the Emperor Xuanzong. The horse in the painting is tied to a stake and tries hard to get away from it. The horse’s unruly disposition, its masculine and strong shape were delicately depicted in Han’s ink shading.

The painting was originally conserved in the Forbidden City. The painting changed hands many times and now is preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Forty Landscapes in the Old Summer Palace, the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912)

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Forty Landscapes in the Old Summer Palace was drawn by two royal painters, Shen Yuan and Tang Dai, during the reign of the Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty. This painting was stolen in 1860 and now is exhibited in the French National Library.

 

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