There are 32 different ways to tie a Cravat. Le Blanc, H. (1828), The Art of Tying the Cravat, S. & D.A Forbes.
During the Romantic period, (1815-1850), the way a man tied his Cravat was an indication of his particular taste.
Above left - à la Byron, right Primo Tempo
Bottom left - L'Irelandaise, right L'Orientale
Think of how today's man chooses his tie knot and fit of cap.