Design Dictionary: Chinoiserie

Chinoiserieis a French term meaning "Chinese-esque," the name for a style that emerged alongside Rococo in the 17th and 18th centuries.

This European decorative style was popular due to its exotic feel during a time when travel to the Far East was rare and difficult. This also made its use a status symbol for the wealthy. It's characterized by whimsical and detailed imagery, scenes of nature, and the use of porcelain and lacquer to imitate traditional Chinese and Japanese designs.

More Chinoiserie:
Trending: Incorporating Chinoiserie in the Home
de Gournay Wallpapers
The Victoria and Albert Museum's guide to Chinoiserie

Images:
1. Trending: Incorporating Chinoiserie, Apartment Therapy
2. Sources for Chinoiserie, Apartment Therapy
3. Flickr user Philippe de la Boirie, licensed under Creative Commons
4. Roundup: Modern Chinoiserie, Apartment Therapy
5. Assemblage