Pattern and Ornament India

Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India

  1. Henry Wilson
  • ISBN 9780500515822
  • 29.70 x 20.00 cm
  • Quarter bound/PLC (no jacket)
  • 256pp
  • With 223 colour photographs and 89 drawings
  • First published 2011
‘Masterful … the layout and colour combinations are a delight … Wilson is an author of deep erudition who writes without a trace of pedantry. He is passionate to convince us that understanding what lies on the surface of these monuments will lead us into the soul of their patrons and creators’ – The World of Interiors

Given the scale and the richness of the architecture of India, details of ornament can easily be missed: now they are celebrated in Henry Wilson’s remarkable photographs and drawings

Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India

This exploration of India’s decorative genius focuses on architecture – forts, palaces, havelis or mansions, tombs, temples and mosques. It concentrates on north-west India, which has an exceptionally rich seam of ornamented architecture – the great Buddhist stupa at Sanchi, forts and palaces of Mughal and Rajput princes, mansions of Gujarati merchants, and much more.

The decoration is in a variety of materials: stone, from carved sandstone to colourfully inlaid marble; wood; plaster; and glass, notably in the famous shish mahals or mirrored rooms.

The stencil-like drawings, which in a magically abstract form copy the decoration illustrated or perform variations on it, help one to understand and enjoy the originals even more; they can inspire designers to find patterns in existing decoration and produce original results.

Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India is an outstanding sourcebook of images that will seduce and inform lovers of design, lovers of India and practising artists and designers everywhere.

Henry Wilson is known for his photographs of India, which have appeared in many magazines and books, including Benares and India Contemporary, both published by Thames & Hudson. His drawings of Indian motifs inspired Osborne & Little to commission the Sariskar Collection of wallpapers from him.