A little about the Peranakans...
They are found mainly in the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia, the Peranakan community started in the early 15th century in the trading ports of Malacca and Penang. Men from China who came to trade soon began marrying the local women and began incorporating some of their culture into their own. In time, they came to be know as the Peranakan, a Malay word which means, "to give birth to". A Peranakan man is often referred to as 'Baba' and a lady as 'Nyonya'. So if you see a restaurant with the word "Nyonya Food" - it means they serve Peranakan cuisine. But that's another story. We're here to peek into gorgeous Peranakan designs and why I am starting to love them more and more.
1. Geometric designs
In Peranakan houses, the default flooring is tiles - as it is cool under the feet, very suitable for the hot humid tropical weather. But you'll not see any boring homogenous tiles. Peranakan tiles are aplomb with colour and motifs.