Understanding decorative arts
The term “decorative arts” is a term which usually refers to a range of arts and crafts; to the creation of objects of beauty but also functionality. This broad term can refer to anything from home décor to illustration to enamel work. It differs from fine art due to the fact that objects of decorative art serve a purpose, rather than existing purely for the sake of art.
As decorative arts pieces were often used for everyday purposes, they are able to provide fascinating insights into the past. The design and decoration of items such as jugs, tables, and carpets are demonstrative not only of how people lived in the past, but also of tastes and trends in fashion and design. They furthermore provide information about technology, about how unique pieces were created, and which materials were favored.
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