For many centuries, the exoticism of such far-away places as Asia, the Far East, and Russia captivated Westerners. This fascination is quite evident in much of the decorative arts that were produced in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although we now have a more accurate picture of these once distant lands, the traditional pictorials are still charming. So, in that vein I thought I would post some fabrics which capture the spirit of the exotic.
"Diaghilev", linen & cotton, by Clarence House
"Manchuria" by Vervain
"Jahangir" cotton by Lee Jofa
"Kipling" linen/cotton in Ebony by Lee Jofa
"Beauport Promenade", glazed chintz, by Brunschwig & Fils
Image at top: A 19th c. blue and white ceramic plate depicting an Indian scene; collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum