Inspired by revivalism, eclecticism, and a quest for novelty in the second half of the 19th century, Exoticism looks to non-Western cultures for inspiration and borrows their forms, colors, and motifs.
International expositions, books, periodicals, travel, and advances in technology acquaint Europeans and Americans with other cultures while creating a romantic image of faraway lands and people.

Design Characteristics:
Non-western cultures during the 19th and early 20th centuries inspire several Exotic revivals, including Egyptian Revival, Turkish, and Moorish Revival. Each is an assemblage of motifs applied to contemporary forms.

Application of Exotic styles to particular public building types is rare in residences. However, the idea of a building’s design should convey its purpose governs stylistic choices, making certain styles appropriate for particular types of buildings.

1. Types include: appropriate building types for Egyptian Revival include cemetery gates and other funerary structures, prisons, courthouses, commercial buildings, fraternal lodges, and occasionally a church or train station.
2. One of the most popular Egyptian Revival buildings is the movie theater.
3. Turkish defines synagogues, fraternal temples, pubs, clubs, theaters and music halls.
4. Moorish-style houses are eclectic with elements from several styles
5. Designers do not re-create the processional entrances to Egyptian temples, nor do they re-create accurate floor plans.
6. materials: stone, brick, wood.
7. facades: reveal Egyptian influence through visual characteristics
8. Windows: slanted sides or surrounds on Egyptian Revival buildings. Islamic-style arches may frame or form windows. Some have colored glass panes.
9. Doors: Doorways feature slanted sides and Egyptian columns.
10. roofs: flat or low pitched and onion domes.

Now PLEASE ENJOY the following images of Exoticism architecture 🙂

Now on to some Exotic furniture: and yes it is SEXY.

Egyptian character manifests in furniture as motifs in classical styles, as a deliberate revival, and as a copy of ancient pieces. Moorish-or-Turkish style furnishings are imported from England and America. The most common part of Turkish style is in upholstery or built-in-seating.

Remember these important characteristics of EXOTICISM FURNITURE.
1. Types: The turkish style is known for its overstuffed upholstery.
2. Wicker: JUST POPS UP! numerous patterns and styles, such as wheelchairs, cribs, cradles, baby carriages, and outdoor furniture.
3. Egyptian Revival furniture displays the forms and motifs of ancient Egypt. Deep tufting and fancy trims distinguish Turkish upholstery and give the presence of comfort and opulence.
4. Storage comes in the forms of wardrobes, cupboards, and commodes.
5. Beds: Egyptian-style beds are very rare. Beds for children, cribs, and cradles, may be in plain or fancy wicker.
6. Upholstery: Textiles for upholstery include damasks, velvets, cut velvets, brocades, satins, silks, Oriental rugs and cottons.

Characteristic motifs are geometric forms typical of Egyptian architecture, columns and other architectural details, as well as real and fake hieroglyphs, scarabs, Egyptian figures or heads, Egyptian gods and goddesses, lotus, papyrus, crocodiles, cobra, sphinxes, and the sun disk. Islamic or Turkish motifs include onion domes, minarets, lattice, horseshoe arches, multifoil arches, ogee arches, peacocks, carnations, vases, arabesques, and flat and intricate patterns.

Egyptian Revival decorative arts, such as clocks, porcelains, or vases, feature Egyptian architectural details, including obelisks, and motifs, such as sphinxes. Sevres and other porcelain factories make dinner sets painted with Egyptian motifs and architecture. Egyptian mantel sets consisting of a clock and vases or obelisks are common. Imported brass objects, ceramics, folding screens, spears, daggers, plates, tiles, and potted palms define Turkish interiors. The glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany and others draws inspiration from the shapes, forms, and colors of Egyptian, Islamic, and Oriental glass and ceramics. Wicker mirrors, plant stands, birdcages are perfect for Exotic interiors.

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