This month I was re-introduced to a lovely design known as Chinoiserie. A classic decorative style that was first popular in the 18th century.

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 I picked out a fabulous wallcovering at the F.Schumacher showroom in International Market Square. The Chiang Mai Dragon comes in a variety of options, all rich in color and detail. Here are two colorways I love…

F. Schumacher, CHIANG MAI DRAGON, Color - ALABASTER

F. Schumacher, CHIANG MAI DRAGON, Color – ALABASTER

This color is Alabaster and is the original color scheme for the 1930’s Chiang Mai Dragon print.

 

 

F. Schumacher, CHIANG MAI DRAGON in Aquamarine.

F. Schumacher, CHIANG MAI DRAGON in Aquamarine.

A couple things make this particular wallcovering special, unique and a high price item. Here are reasons (beside appearance) I appreciate Chiang Mai Dragon pattern –

  • Originally done by hand with wooden blocks.
  • The dragon done by the 1930’s American movement have a mix of a 4 and 5 claw legs. Traditionally 5 claw dragons were reserved only for the Imperial families, thus this error shows that this is an American pattern.
  • Each roll is a unique work of art, all hand screened done by an individual inker and all inkers at the F. Schumacer mill working on this pattern have a Masters in Fine Arts!

 

Other items I saw while shopping in IMS that caught my eye in my Chinoiserie craze….

F. Schumacher, CHINOIS, Color - Peony

F. Schumacher, CHINOIS, Color – Peony

Such whimsy and what a beautiful color!

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Reverse on the style with a periwinkle background color.

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And I saw this fantastic piece in Kravet, found behind their front desk, what a statement piece.

Check back in a couple weeks for my June Color of the Month!

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Renae Keller is an award-winning, ASID certified interior designer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, specializing in new construction and large remodels. Trusted by homebuilders, architects and homebuyers alike, Renae is known for creating an overall design vision that blends functionality and aesthetics, while keeping the details intertwined, and her customer's style in clear focus.

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