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In the nineteenth century a fascination with the Orient spread across Europe. The landscapes, townscapes and costumes of the Ottoman, Arab and Mogul worlds provided inspiration for painters from Delacroix to Matisse. When expressed in architecture and design, this phenomenon became known as the Moorish Style. In this magnificently illustrated survey, Miles Danby examines the roots of the style in art and architecture throughout the Islamic world, discussing the factors of space, pattern, structure and decoration. Of all the buildings that exemplify this style, the Alhambra in Granada is perhaps the most important. Expertly recorded by the great nineteenth-century designer Owen Jones, its features became part of the exotic dreams of aesthetes and have continued to inspire architects in the twentieth century. This book, now available in paperback, is the first to examine the style from its origins to its contemporary manifestation.
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Roots and derivation of style; space elements; pattern making; materials and crafts; zenith of the style in the 19th-century; developments and variations in the 20th-century.

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By the author of "The Grammar of Architectural Design"

About the Author

Miles Danby, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Newcastle University, is an architect and lecturer with a special interest in the buildings of developing countries.

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'Every spread is a delight.' (Los Angeles Times) 'The presentation is outstanding ... with much material that is little known and a great wealth of evocative colour photographs.' (Archis)

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