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Inspiring Painted Carved Cottages

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The painted carved cottages  that can be seen in Romania are manually sculpted, carved and painted in a diversity of colors and motifs. All aspects of the peasant’s lifestyle show a deep connection with the nature. The motifs on their clothes, dowry boxes, paintings and carvings are all inspired by nature.

Traditional House

They are the result of spending a great deal of time growing and harvesting their food. Even their shelters made of wooden tiles don’t stand out, but rather merge with the nature.

This Romanian traditional house is a good example.  The house was built in the 1930′ s, on a river stones foundation. The exterior design is quite interesting. It makes it look like a fairy tale house.

Painted Cottages

It is surrounded by a veranda, with a simple gateway in the carved wood fence.


Carved Cottages

It has an exterior passage with a small gate, a place where people often spend time away from the sunlight or rain. Clothes are hung here to dry.  Carved wood elements, are meant to enhance it’s beauty.

Carved Cottages

The wooden columns have been sculpted into hexagonal shapes, with a square base, then whittled.

Carved Cottages

The walls have been decorated with a lime plaster mixture, then manually painted.

Carved Cottages

The floral patterns never miss from any aspect of peasant people’s life. They are to be found  in architecture, paintings, carvings, clothing.

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The fine details prove a sense of aesthetics, fact also proven by the artistic textiles created within the rural communities.

Painted Cottages

Such houses can be admired throughout Bukovina, and they are different from each other. You won’t find two peasant houses alike. Even if the architecture is the same, the colors and ornaments will be different. Their creation emerges from the mysterious depths of their soul, shaped with pride and outlined by each one’s identity.

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