The painted carved cottages that you can see 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 nature connection. The motifs on their clothes, dowry boxes, paintings and carvings are all inspired by nature. They are the result of spending a great deal of time growing and harvesting their food. Even their shelters don’t stand out, they rather merge with nature.
This Romanian traditional house was built in the 1930′ s, on a river stones foundation. What I find interesting about it is the exterior design.
It is surrounded by a veranda, with a simple gateway in the carved wood fence.
Carved wood elements, are meant to enhance it’s beauty. It almost looks like a fairy tale cottage.
The wooden columns have been sculpted into hexagonal shape, with a square base, then whittled.
The walls have been decorated with a lime plaster mixture, then manually painted.
The floral patterns symbolize beauty, that’s as fragile and fleeting as nature and the fruits represent people’ s occupation.
Straight lines are the progress toward a higher spiritual level and a guidance to the straight path. The circle and the circular rosette-like pattern,, which derived from the circle, represent the sun.
Such houses can be admired in 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.