Where did that come from? The origin of 6 decorative trends
In the world of interior design, a universe in constant evolution with trends that come and go, products that appear and disappear, it is easy to overlook the history of the trend or the fashion product. For that reason, today we want to propose a brief review of the origin of 6 decoration trends that are decorating magazines and blogs. Take a look and be surprised!
1. SUNBURST MIRROR MIRROR
While it is true that solar rays have been used by the Church since the Middle Ages with mirrors, small and convex, as a representation of God contemplating his faithful, his origins as merely ornamental object are usually attributed to the stage of the reign of Louis XIV of France.
Popularly known as the Sun King, not only the emblem of his reign was an Apollo head surrounded by rays of light, but also established in the late seventeenth century the first glass and mirror factory in northern Europe, redefining the industry and obtaining a remarkable improvement in the quality and size of the mirrors that until that moment were very expensive to produce and, therefore, inaccessible to most of the population.
This Japanese technique for garment dyeing came about in the eighth century and consists of compressing, binding, bending, twisting and / or sewing the fabric to block some areas of the garment and prevent them from being dyed. This method allows obtaining very diverse patterns with a certain degree of unpredictability, which makes each print unique and unrepeatable.
Nowadays it is an upward trend in the world of interior design thanks to its organic appearance and saturated colors, and we can find it applied in a multitude of fabrics, from wallpapers, cushions, bed linen, curtains, upholstery, etc.
3. HAT JUJU (JUJU HAT)
Also known as Bamileke feather headdress or Tyn hat, they originate in Cameroon where the Bamileke tribes make them as a symbol of power and prosperity worn by tribal chiefs, royal families or leaders during important ceremonies and also by dancers, its tribal celebrations and dances.
They are made with a base of grass delicately woven on wooden slats on which the feathers are stained one by one, which gives them that textured look that is so irresistible and that has made them become one of the most outstanding trends in interior design to give a contemporary and colorful appearance to any environment.
4. MUD CLOTH
Also known as Bogolán, the clay fabric is a cotton fabric that is dyed with clay and natural dyes and although originally from the whole area of West Africa, has become especially a symbol of Malian culture.
Its origins date back to the twelfth century when the tradition was that man wove the cloth and the woman dyed it. His prints are rich and varied, predominating geometric patterns and colors such as ocher, yellow, ivory, brown and black.
In the Malian culture, the Bogolán is dressed by the hunters as camouflage and by the women after the initiation in the adult life or the childbirth since it is attributed protective properties. Today, this type of fabric is in full swing as a stylistic resource to give an ethnic touch to the environments, being able to find it embodied in all kinds of accessories such as cushions, chairs, sofas, carpets, etc ...
5. BENI OURAIN CARPET
These soft and fluffy rugs are traditionally woven by the women of the Beni Ourain tribe, a Berber village that inhabits the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco. Its high quality is not only due to the use of ancestral weaving techniques, but also to a native sheep breed from the Atlas that provides an exceptional wool.
Woven with undyed natural wool and usually decorated with geometric designs in black, brown or gray, the Beni Ourain tribe uses these carpets as bed and bedding instead of placing them on the floor, as they are an excellent protection against the cold. In the West they have been conquering interiors for a few years thanks to their neutral and soft tones and their simple design, which allows them to adapt to a multitude of tastes and styles.
6. CERAMIC GARDEN STOOL
The ceramic garden stools have been used for centuries in China as sturdy outdoor seats able to withstand the elements. Because Chinese homes were usually built around a central courtyard where great importance was given to the garden and landscaping, having furniture that could be adapted to both interior and exterior was essential.
Initially of simple finish, with time they began to add more elaborate motifs, with drawings, engravings and works of lattice, although always maintaining its recognized form of barrel or drum. Nowadays they are a decorative resource of full tendency to bring brightness, color and texture to the rooms, usually used as auxiliary tables and / or portable seats.