Wreaths…during Holidays and Special Occasions we think about wreaths for our front and back doors, as wall decor and even as centerpieces. There are large wreaths, small wreaths, and different shapes yet they are beautiful and add so much to your home decor.
But, have you ever wondered the history of wreaths? This history takes us back to the ancient culture of the Persian Empire. Wreaths were actually called diadems, meaning “a thing bound around”. They would use a band of fabric worn around the brow of a royal bonnet, symbolizing royalty.
The next era in history was the Greek Empire. During the Greek Olympics wreaths made of various leaves were used as prizes. They were typically made from olive or laurel leaves. The meaning of the wreath became the symbol of peace.
Diadems and wreaths didn’t go unnoticed by the rest of the world’s elite. Soon the upper classes of their countries were designing headdresses of their own. They made them with precious metals and jewels from which they became very ornate.
In time, all social classes wore wreaths to celebrate special occasions and to honor religious holidays. As history continued the wreath transitioned from “wreaths as a head ornament” to “wreaths as a wall or door decoration”. The transition may have started with someone loving their festival headdress and placed it on their wall or door to be on display as a memory. I can imagine that clearly, can you?
Today, we don’t have to be among the upper classes or elite to display a beautiful wreath. Now, the wreath is a symbol of “Welcome” to our neighbors and friends. It also continues to be an important symbol of holiday decorating.
There are other places in your home where a wreath can add that very special touch with your perfect door wreath! You can add a small wreath in a bathroom or bedroom designed with small dainty flowers and a cute bird perched on her nest will add beauty, color and texture on a wall or mirror. A festive wreath over the fireplace plus adding matching garland and candles will be a beautiful focal point during the Christmas holiday season, (don’t forget your tree!) This, too adds color and texture to your room. Dining rooms and kitchens are no exception. A decorative wreath surrounding candles makes a great centerpiece arrangement on your buffet or dining table. Small kitchen themed wreaths adds character to your kitchen decor.
There are many places in your home where wreaths are pretty, appropriate, and draw the eye of friends and guests…just tap into your creativity! ~ Robin
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