Patterns of India: A Colouring Book (Colouring Books)
The variety of patterns in the exquisitely wrought details of India’s architecture and interiors is boundless, and one can only marvel at the ways in which materials such as wood, stone and plaster have been transformed into masterworks of decorative art. Photographer and illustrator Henry Wilson has spent decades recording the pictorial imagination of the many thousands of craftsmen who have rendered abstract and representative patterns with such extraordinary patience and skill. This beautiful new colouring book presents a range of patterns and decorative motifs from across India, allowing you to explore designs from one of the world’s greatest and most creative cultures while rendering them in colourways that are entirely your own.
Floral Patterns of India
Following the critical and commercial success of Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India, Henry Wilson has turned for this companion volume to a single theme. But what a theme: the variety of floral motifs in the exquisitely wrought details of India’s architectural wonders is boundless, and one can only marvel at the way in which the basic elements of wood, stone and plaster have been transformed into masterworks of decorative art. From the illustrious Mughal Empire during its greatest period of monument-building and artistic creativity to the time of British rule, which brought with it an unprecedented period of peace that allowed great wealth to be concentrated on the arts, the richness of India’s architecture is overwhelming. Henry Wilson’s fine photographs reveals the skill, patience and pictorial imagination of the many thousands of craftsmen who have turned to floral motifs and rendered them with precision and life-enriching creativity.
Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India.
The visual exploration of Indias decorative genius presented here focuses on architecture forts, palaces, havelis or mansions, tombs, temple and mosques. It concentrates on north-west India, which has an exceptionally rich seam of ornamented architecture forts and palaces of Rajput and Mughal princes, mansions of Gujarati merchants, and much more. Three elements are essential to the evolution of this ornamentation in carved stone, wood, plaster both moulded and painted, and glass (both coloured and mirrored): the natural world, the materials themselves, and the many hundreds of thousands of artists and craftsmen who have created this generous abundance of work. Henry Wilson examines all in his introductory texts, and displays the results in his remarkable photographs and stencil-like drawings.
This book is an intimate exploration of the private homes of those at the forefront of the new approach to decoration and design. Here are interiors by Indians for Indians, by Indians for foreigners, by foreigners for foreigners, and by foreigners for Indians radically modern, allusively traditional, distinctively stylish. Henry Wilson, whose perceptive photographs have done so much to bring the variety of India to the attention of the West, shows how the exotic combines with the international through a uniquely Indian sensibility.
Asian Style is not just about Zen minimalism. After a decade of pared-down simplicity in the home, many people are looking for opulence and comfort, the warmth and drama of intense colour and pattern. Exquisitely crafted Indian fabrics and furniture are becoming increasingly fashionable in the West. With an emphasis on the textiles, rugs, furniture and wall decorations of the Moghul and Rajput cultures, "The Indian Interior" takes the reader inside a wide variety of Indian homes across the social spectrum be they merchant's houses, forts, Rajasthani palaces, colonial or modern interiors or even the semi-permanent tent fort of the Rabari tribe.
India: Decoration, Interiors, Design
India: Decoration, Interiors, Design celebrates the beauty of Indian style and interior influence, focusing on the northwest areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Each section of this remarkable resource is devoted to homes of a specific type: merchant houses, forts and palaces, tribal, revival, and modern; but all the attention is focused on the delightful details, innovative patterns, and extraordinary motifs that define each style. Hundreds of gorgeous photographs specially commissioned for this book explore the unique architecture, furniture, wall decorations, textiles, and rugs popular in Indian homes across the entire social spectrum.
Henry's first book published by Thames&Hudson in 1985. Color photographs portray the social and religious life in Benares and along the Ganges River.