Part One- Period Decoration and Furniture
The Styles of Antiquity
After reading the first section on prehistoric art, I can safely reduce the information down to a couple of facts:
1. Prehistoric man cared about what his cave looked like right along with how warm it was and well fed he was. This makes me feel warm and fuzzy, not to mention less concerned that I care so much about design.
2. Prehistoric man paid just as much attention to breasts and the good china as much as men do today. Please reference Venus of Willendorf above. Nothing changes.
3.In between prehistoric man and ancient Egypt, we have several historic periods worth mentioning- Mesopatamia and Palestine, which include Babylonia, Chaldea, Sumeria, Assyria and Phoenicia. *Read about Nebuchadnezzar's hanging gardens in Babylon or Solomon's Temple in the Bible (book of Kings) for detailed descriptions of architecture and interior design. It seems even God cares about design. Another little warm and fuzzy happening!
The bottom line is that design is as old as the foundations of the earth and you should use that as ammo the next time you need to justify a purchase!