Thursday, 27 May 2010
I Want a House Like This
What are these amazing, crazy houses? Travelling through Romania, I saw a few of these enourmous, bizarre looking houses, and was surprised to discover that they were Gypsy mansions. Although the Roma are traditionally nomadic, in a lot of places in Eastern Europe, they have settled down, and some of the very wealthy have commissioned these fantastical houses, which are a glorious mish-mash of architectural styles from around the world. This one (I think it is two views of the same house) seems to have gone with a Chinese pagoda touch for the roof.
What do they look like inside? Pretty much like the exteriors, the owners have gone for a delicious combination of super-bright colours, Persian carpets, religious pictures, antlers, and decorative wall mouldings. Super kitsch and over-the-top, I adore them!
All the photos are from Carlo Gianferro's two books, Gypsy Architecture and Gypsy Interiors. Check out the galleries of photos from the two books for more amazing pictures.