Aarabian Style Interiors make me long even more for those swelteringly hot summer days (and nights!). The ornamental and colorful characteristics are something completely different from the bare, monochrome Scandinavian and Mid Century styles that I like so much too. Oh well, I guess it is just proof that there’s more to a person’s taste and preferences than one can tell at first sight.

The Arabian style can be found all over Europe, but also in South East Asia the style has left its footprint. This has everyting to do with the fact that the Muslims conquered these territories as early as 7th and 8th centuries. But also today the Arabian style is still going strong.

Arabian style interiors are packed with graphic tile-patterns with infinite repetitions. These repetitions stand for the infinite power of Allah. You have probably noticed that human or animal forms are rarely seen in Arabian art and decor. This is because the Islam teaches that Allah’s work is matchless. However, foliage is depicted a lot, in a myriad of patterns, but always in a stylized and simplified form. The architecture of buildings has the fitting nickname “Architecture of the Veil” as its beauty lies within the inner spaces. Beautiful courtyards with fountains and pools, cool inner rooms with lots of carpets and pillows, all conceiled from the streetview.

You will see a lot of low seating areas, or even just some pillows on the floor. This stems from the Nomadic era where the home was usually a tent. Touches of gold/bronze or silver are another characteristic, adding to the Thousand-and-one-Night theme. Color is most important too, lots of indigo’s and stone-reds. And finally, lots of lanterns made of filigree metals, letting the light shine through creating incredible shadow-patterns on the walls and ceilings.

Arabian architecture, Indian daybed and African planter's chair with a tribal cover - via Love.Repeat.

Arabian architecture, Indian daybed and African planter’s chair with a tribal cover – via Love.Repeat.

Holiday home in Andalusia, Spain - via Habitually Chic featured in Architectural Digest France

Holiday home in Andalusia, Spain – via Habitually Chic featured in Architectural Digest France

Arabian Style Interiors

Fairytale bathroom in Arabian style – via Patrick Owens

Antique Arabian coffeetable with lots of throwpillows on the sofa - via David Prince Photography

Antique Arabian coffeetable with lots of throwpillows on the sofa – via David Prince Photography

Arabian Style Interiors

An old finca (farmhouse) turned into a yoga retreat, owned by a Dutch couple on the Spanish island Mallorca – via Stylejuicer and VT Wonen

Arabian Style Interiors

An old finca (farmhouse) turned into a yoga retreat, owned by a Dutch couple on the Spanish island Mallorca – via Stylejuicer and VT Wonen

An earthy color palette in this Arabic shaded outdoor space - via Pure Home

An earthy color palette in this Arabic shaded outdoor space – via Pure Home

Arabian inspired interior in a NY Tribeca loft designed by Deborah French designed using Ralph Lauren fabrics

Arabian inspired interior in a NY Tribeca loft designed by Deborah French using Ralph Lauren fabrics

This home in Fez, Morocco has a beautiful pool with traditional tiling contrasting nicely with the contemporary tables and chairs - via Cote Sud

This home in Fez, Morocco has a beautiful pool with traditional tiling contrasting nicely with the contemporary tables and chairs – via Cote Sud

Roofterrace of the Moroccan holiday home of swimsuit designer Liza Bruce - via Elle Decor and CocoCozy

Roofterrace of the Moroccan holiday home of swimsuit designer Liza Bruce – via Elle Decor and CocoCozy

Marrakesh riad - via Could I Have That

Marrakesh riad – via Could I Have That

Arabian Style Interiors

The open-air saloon in Riad Mena, a hip hotel in Marrakesh – via Conde Nast

Beautiful monochrome interior with an Arabian touch and all natural colors - via My Paradissi

Beautiful monochrome interior with an Arabian touch and all natural colors – via My Paradissi

Arabian Style Interiors

Beautiful livingroom in a Hollywood hacienda owned by part-time actress Katie Tarsess, she sowed all the kilim carpets together, such a smart idea – via Sage and Clare

Arabian Style Interiors

The exception to the rule – a monochrome Arabian-style interior – via InteriorDesignIpedia

Arabian Style Interiors

via This is Glamorous

Arabian Style Interiors

Unusual color combination for an Arabian vibe blue and white designed by Mimar Interiors – via DesignDautore

Arabian Style Interiors

Arabian eclectic bedroom with a very low bed – via CocoCozy

Arabian Style Interiors

A sundrenched terrace somewhere in Morocco – via AD

Arabian Style Interiors

Unusually light and modern interior in blue and white with an Arabian vibe design by Mimar Interiors – via DesignDautore

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