Ancient Substance Of Style: “Bricks” In The Interior

Masonry Style: Bricks

Centuries old, the enduring substance and weight of brick walls has certainly not lost its structural appeal…

A brick is described as a block or single unit of a ceramic material used in masonry construction, usually stacked together, or laid using various kinds of mortar to hold the bricks together and make a permanent structure. True bricks are ceramic, and are created by the action of heating and cooling. Typically produced in common or standard sizes in bulk quantities, bricks typically contain ingredients such as Silica (sand), Alumina (clay), Lime, Iron Oxide and Magnesia as well as shale, soft slate, calcium silicate, concrete or can even be shaped from quarried stone. Clay, however, is the most common material. The length and width of the common brick has remained fairly constant as it evolved to become a standard building substance. To appreciate the art of masonry and mortar, a look back into the ancient history of the substance that is regarded as one of the longest lasting and strongest building materials used throughout history is foundational…

The oldest discovered bricks, originally made from shaped mud, date from before 7500 B.C. Found in Jericho (Palestine), Tell Aswad (Syria) and the upper Tigris region and southeast Anatolia (Turkey) this ancient building form certainly has its origin within the bedrock of history. In fact, in the ancient Indus Valley city of Mehrgarh (Pakistan) mud bricks dating to 7000 BCE have been discoverd. Ceramic bricks were used as early as 4500 BCE in early Indus Valley cities. Sun-dried bricks were first made in Mesopotamia (Iraq), in the ancient city of Ur around 4000 BC. The ancient Egyptians also used mud bricks. History forward, the Romans used fired bricks, in which the Roman legions operated mobile kilns, which enabled them to introduce bricks to many parts of the empire. Portable construction, indeed! Who knew? The oldest domestic bricks were found in Greece. An ancient substance of enduring style, for certain.

Time carried this weighty material throughout history, as new cities were built with this solid matter. Interestingly, it is said that brick as a building material fell out of favor during the Renaissance and the Baroque periods and that visible brick walls became unpopular. In fact, brickwork was often covered with plaster. Imagine!! (although I do love a plaster wall…). It is noted that during the 18th century that visible brick walls regained some degree of popularity. Without question brick walls in the interior have regained popularity in the world of interior design. Alas, the ancient substance that flanked the walls with a purpose have been exposed as a coveted architectural detail that warms our interior spaces

Mortar & Bricks Style
The Ornamentation Of Bricks In Interiors

The allure of bricks have carried a heavy value throughout history in terms of structures and buildings. The advancement of building materials can not replace the character that brick provides. It is worthy in its leverage, for certain. A timeless building material that is worth its weight in style.

Whether weathered from time, raw, coated with pigments of paint, or a glazed surface that becomes a focal point, the characteristics and strength of durable bricks present a handsome foundation and backdrop in any interior space. Strength in form. Perhaps a “masculine force”, if you will. Whether appreciated for color, surface texture, density or visible weight, the aesthetic and visible appeal is enduring. An impervious and natural ornamental surface that adds character, warmth, texture and interest.

Perhaps the next time your eyes fall upon a wall of bricks, the history of this unfaltering substance that becomes a stylish background in an interior will take on a new depth of historical sense. Bricks of ancient style, indeed.



11 thoughts on “Ancient Substance Of Style: “Bricks” In The Interior

    1. No apologies necessary! “Reblog” as often as you are inspired!! I am truly thrilled that you enjoy the posts and the photographs. The internet is an amazing storehouse of style, for certain. Thanks for your effort in driving traffic towards my blog, too! As always, it is great to get feedback…thanks!

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