The cave paintings at Lascaux in France indicate early humans already were developing various methods of interior design 20,000 years ago. Over the millenia, architects and artists across civilizations developed ornate interior design by decorating floors , ceilings, and walls. Read the International Heritage News Network for efforts to preserve mosaics, murals, and frescoes in churches, civic buildings, and the elaborate estates of the elites!

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October 16, 2017

The Zeugma Mosaic Museum in in Gaziantep, Turkey opened in 2011 as the largest mosaic museum in the world. Containing some 1700m2 of mosaics, the museum focuses on the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, which was scheduled to be flooded in the early part of the current cent...

September 12, 2017

Keith Haring was a widely known, successful, and respected artist based in New York City during the 1980s, the most prolific period for his work. He became particularly known for his public art—paintings on subway walls, for example—that incorporated simple, almost chi...

September 7, 2017

Berkshire in southeast England is a county rich in history. The eastern end of the county contains Windsor Castle. The original castle was constructed in the 11th century following the Norman invasion. In the western end of the county is the village of Boxford, in whic...

August 31, 2017

During the summer months, archaeologists and other classical researchers studying the Mediterranean region leave their ivory towers and head into the field. Given the centuries-long interest in western society in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, it might b...

August 7, 2017

The Gilded Age in the United States generally referred to the post-Civil War period from the 1870s to the turn of the 20th century, when vast industrial fortunes led to lavish lifestyles for those relatively few families. Newport, Rhode Island came to be seen as the mo...

August 2, 2017

Vienne is located on the Rhone River in southern France near Lyon (modern aerial view of Vienne above by Daveblack is shared here under CC BY-SA 3.0). It was the capital of the Gallic Allobroges until being converted to a Roman colony in 47 BCE under Julius Caesar. It...

July 23, 2017

The volcanic destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii in 79 AD happened to occur during the early years of Christianity. Paul the Apostle converted to Christianity in ca. 31-36 AD and helped spread his ministry through missions and sermons across the Roman empire, fina...

June 21, 2017

Historic preservationists mostly consider changes that are reversible are allowable, and painting the façade of an historic building can fall under that principle. However in some cases historic paint colors lend an air of authenticity to the physical architectural str...

January 2, 2017

Mosaics of ceramic, glass, and other materials has been used for thousands of years in decorating public and private spaces. While the earliest known examples—dating to the 3rd millenium BC—were found in Mespotamia, some of the best known from the ancient world are tho...

January 2, 2017

The Kassena people first settled this area of Africa in the 15th century. Despite the country's poverty, a rich part of their cultural tradition is decorating the earthen architecture with elaborate designs. The capital city of Tiébélé was placed on the World Monuments...

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