Egyptian Interior Style. Part 1
This article I have prepared a long time ago, but the wedding planning are not allowed to publish it. I tried to make it maximum interesting, opened a subject not only about peculiarities of the Egyptian style but about life at that time. I hope you enjoy it and will find a lot of useful information. Don’t miss the Part 2!
The unique culture of Ancient Egypt charms many people up to our days.
It was especially popular in the Napoleon`s time, due to him the Empire style was originated and also in the first decade of the 20th century. Such celebrities as Janice Jackson, David Bowie, Sher and others tried on the style of Cleopatra and Egyptian kings. Inspired by Egypt again and again fashion designers create maserpieces.
The strict worldview, faith in eternal afterlife greatly formed the lifestyle of the ancient Egyptians. The huts of the bound stems of the papyrus were the first dwellings of the ancient Egyptians. These days Egyptian peasants build the same huts only from the corn stems , if they have to stay in the field for a long time. Then they learnt how to make bricks from clay and straw. The stone was used mostly for the construction of the pyramids and temples. Wood was used minimally in the construction, because it was imported. Growing in the surroundings date palm is hard for cultivating.
The houses of the poor were similar to each other. The windows were small and square and was high up under the ceiling. The trampled down ground served as a floor. According to the frescoes the craftsmen`s houses looked like the suite of rooms. Through the hallway you can get into the living room with high ceiling propped up by the column and then into the bedroom and the kitchen. Also there was a cellar.
In the Egyptian architecture the columns were built mostly in the form of stems reminding the reed bound with the papyrus flower or bud-formed cap. In the mansions the narrow vertical floor-to-ceiling holes, closed with curtains, served as the source of light and ventilation. There were the inner yards. The walls and columns were covered with plaster and decorated with luxurious frescoes and reliefs. The mansions faced outside the solid wall not to show the wealth off and not to cause envy.
The Egyptian created furniture on their own not depending on someone. Thus, beds, chairs, tables and chests turned up. Originally, they were rough and typical out of joinery imperfection and the shaving plane absence. The defects were painted over. The imported wood, i.e. sycamore, yew-tree, Nile acacia, olive, cedar and blackwood were used.
The Egyptian like all Arabian people used to squat down, so originally stools and benches were low. The seat upholstery was braided of plants or leather. It is thought that the first chair with a back and elbow-rests were created in Egypt. They wore tight clothes, so they were sitting straight with closely-joined legs. The stands for head were preferred to cushions as it was cooler to sleep and the hairstyle was saved. The dining table was mobile. It consisted of the central support in the column shape, the round lid and was meant for 1-2 persons.
At its peak furniture became more refined and luxurious. It was decorated with paintings, porcelain and gold inserts, precious stones, ivory and mother-of- pearl. The furniture stalks were made in the form of animal paws. Sometimes the seats were soft: pillows were placed or attached to the frame. The ornament was on the all furniture covers and utensils and served as a mascot. Frescoes and reliefs talked about the lifestyle of the kings, craftsmen, agricultural work, fishing and hunting. The lid-baskets, boxes and mats were braided from palm fibers.
Mansions was decorated with animal sculptures and carpets. The Egyptians often humanized nature. They believed that a person can turn into the animal and vice versa. Deifying animals, they hoped for their protection.
The main colors were: red, yellow, black, brown, blue, green and white. They were not mixed and purely used. They were made of waxed minerals: malachite, lazurite, yellow and red ochre. Each color had its own value. Yellow and gold were imitated the sand and the sun. Deep blue symbolized the Nile river, the main Egyptian river. Blue was the color of gods. Black symbolized buried life, white – purity, green — life.
The part 2 you can see here!
Below are a few good examples of interiors in the Egyptian style:
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