Traders started bringing Chinese exports to Europe as early as the 1100′s leaving behind a growing interest with the European public. As trade with the Orient grew more and more popular in the 1600′s so did the fascination with Chinese art, which later became commonly known as Chinoiserie.
Chinoiserie refers to the 17th and 18th Century style in European art which shows characteristics derived from the Chinese. Mostly used with Baroque and Rococo styles, it features lacquered surfaces painted with scenic motifs and sometimes beautified with gilded details.
Chinoiserie wallpapers are some of my favorites and can envelope a whole room with growing vines, exotic birds and exquisitely painted details. We once did an amazing oval dining room for a project in Bel Air, CA where the paper was hand painted on site with soft colors on an antique silver background.
Here are some of my favorite interiors picked out from Elle Decor, Lonny and fellow blogs.