As intricate and colorful as Arabic inspired interiors are, they can never be too much to look at. The patterns and carvings of Arabic design are so detailed, you can find ancient stories and a rich history locked inside. Only if you look closely enough though. Mesmerizing chandeliers and ornate tapestries are the few highlights of Arabic design after arched doors and carved Islamic patterns. Read on to find out more about the fables told and take away some Arabian inspiration with you.
Arabic Inspired Interiors
Arabic interiors are colorful and unique. It is not only a style from one place. Rather it is adapted and developed throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, such as areas like Turkey, Morocco, Lebanon and other neighboring countries on the Mediterranean Sea.
The style has evolved through generations. As it was passed on, different cultures have added their personal touch to it, but the Moroccan and Islamic decor are the ones recognized by most. It is what you are looking at now in most home interiors with Arabic elements.
The eye-catching designs have been around for as long as one can remember. Which is why you can notice Islamic influences and quirks from the medieval times. To me, one of the striking things that is the infinite repetitions of geometric patterns, which are considered representations in Muslim beliefs of Allah’s infinite power. Whether or not that is the only tale behind the patterns, the design is striking and the thought behind it opens up a lot of philosophy in design.
One fine thing about these patterned decors is you can play with colors as much as you like. Some people adopt the eclectic style decor in their homes, choosing for cooler blues or warm brown hues.
In the Middle East, hospitality is considered a top priority, meaning it’s important to create cozy places for social events. You’ll often notice that grand entrances are designed especially to make guests feel welcomed. These specially dedicated rooms, called majlis, are only for sitting and entertaining, far removed from the usual living room with a television or library; this space is usually the largest in the house, and also used as a function hall.
Other than the majlis, the walls and floors have rich patterns and the focal highlights are chandeliers which are usually hung as low from the ceiling as can be. Islamic arches act as room dividers or openings to other rooms. This really gives a feeling of elegance and depth in the house. Often, handwoven tapestries are added to the walls for beautiful decorations.
Let me shed light on another interesting fact; seating like sofas and chairs did not even exist in the Middle East until modern history. Instead, you’ll notice with many Arab inspired interiors that people opt for benches, cushions or low stools. This is also why you may find so many comfortable rugs around the house. Think of low seating and consider adding ottomons and floor cushions as a feature to your space. If this is too much, you can choose upholstered chairs featuring Arabic textiles.
When I say Arab decor, the first picture in your head may be of the Aladdin genie oil lamp. For me, it will certainly be this hand-embroidered emblem rug that sits beautifully under a royal armchair. Enough Jasmine vibes yet?
Then, admire the beautifully hand-embroidered headboard and mirrored bedposts on this bed island that will make any person feel like a queen (or king!). The Arabic style usually uses silk and satin covers for pillows and beds. Usually, the decor is special because of the embroidery and carving done by hand with care and patience. Notice the carved wooden drawer next to the royal armchair, it is so beautiful and simple yet pleasing to the eyes.
That brings me to the end of your Middle Eastern inspired trip. I hope some of these real life inspirations will give you some fresh ideas to decorate your home, perhaps featuring a rug intricately designs with patterns and lettering, or perhaps an arched centerpiece carving in your living room. Whatever you do, make sure it gives you majestic vibes and the perfect spot for entertaining guests!
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