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This innovative volume reveals the exquisite detail of the decorative compositions, their finesse, precision, and creativity. It also highlights the skill, patience, and pictorial imagination of the many thousands of craftsmen and their patrons.

The timeline runs for almost two thousand years, from the Buddhist stupa at Sanchi of the first century BC/AD to Rajput palace interiors of c. 1900. Hundreds of atmospheric photo- graphs are juxtaposed with graphic transpositions of the designs, patterns, and ornamentation to reveal the nature of the architectural detail, where stone, wood, mirror work, and plaster are transformed into masterworks of decorative art.

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London-based photographer, artist, and writer Wilson travelled throughout India, photographed decorative motifs at hundreds of sites, and transposed those motifs into drawings.(Subsequently, he was commissioned to design a collection of wallpapers based on his drawings.) This volume offers beautiful full-page display of the photos (which are thoroughly captioned) juxtaposed with detailed drawings of repeat patterns, borders and bands, single motifs and panels, and ornamental scenes. A general introduction and introductions to each section offer context. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The richness of the arts of India is overwhelming, and perhaps most noticeably so in its architecture.

About the Author

Henry Wilson is well known as a photographer of architecture and interiors, with a special interest in India. His books include India Contemporary and Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India, and he is a frequent contributor to The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, and other design magazines. He lives in London.

Product Details

Wilson, Henry
Thames & Hudson
Design - Decorative
Decoration & Ornament
Art-History and Criticism
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350 full-color photographs
12 x 8 in

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