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Rococo style (Louis XV style) (1730-1760 years)

The shape of the windows of this time created a lot of difficulties, as often happens today. Gothic narrow arched windows, wide arched spread across Europe and in Britain. Chippendale created curved cornices and lambrequins to decorate these windows and then draped them in awnings with soft folds. Light silk taffeta was the most common fabric for the manufacture of window curtains and draped in a new, lighter folds, which distinguishes the decoration of this period. The colors have become more subtle: soft pastel shades of yellow, pink and blue have replaced the dark saturated colors of the previous century. The development of the textile industry made it possible to produce fabrics with a more distinct pattern and a larger pattern repeat. The canopies became less and less heavy, the wooden structures also changed and received several varieties. The "half canopy" was more compact, standing only above part of the bed, and not over its entire length from the wall. In France, it has become customary to place beds in alcoves and arrange lambrequins with side curtains around them. Silk and cotton replaced heavier fabrics such as velvet and embroidered tapestries. The Rococo period marked the transition from a very flowery and sophisticated style of the Baroque to the refined classical style that dominated the neoclassical period of the end of the XVIII century.

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