Blue and white is a classic palette we love to work with here at Wisteria (besides purple, of course!). And when this color story is showcased on traditional Chinese pottery, well, we just can’t get enough!
The earliest known origins of making blue and white pottery are rooted in Persia many centuries ago. Making its way down the Silk Road, this process was perfected and popularized by Chinese artisans. During the 17th century, these prized pieces became a hot commodity among well-to-do Europeans—shipped extensively to the markets for years to come. The most popular ceramics sent over were hand-painted with scenic designs, a snapshot of the exotic culture and lifestyle of Asian society.
KEEPING THE TRADITION
Depicting traditional Chinese life, among flora and fauna, each piece in our collection is thrown and painted by skilled artisans who practice the very same techniques used by their ancestors over 2000 years ago. Though a tedious and time-consuming process, artisans are able to shape what was once a dull ball of clay into these incredibly beautiful pieces—and we fall in love all over again every time a new piece enters our collection. Whether it be a vase, a jar, a lantern, or a pot, our Blue and White Pottery Collection possesses an heirloom quality and delivers timeless style to any setting.
Shop the entire collection online!
Appreciating beauty is something we here at Wisteria pride ourselves on—especially in the craftsmanship of our products.
Our Moorish Chest is the epitome of beautiful craftsmanship. A design brought from North Africa to the Indian subcontinent by 16th-century Mughal princes, this chest is adorned with thousands of pieces of camel bone.
Handmade, each piece of bone is intricately cut and inlaid by hand on a hand-carved mango wood frame. A simple design with a striking pattern is the result of many hours of craftsmanship. The meticulous process of crafting this chest—down to the slightest detail—reminds us that handcrafting furniture (or anything for that matter) may be antiquated, but it’s not a lost art.
This chest is a great way to infuse handcrafted, textured pieces into your décor. Make modern exotic by blending contemporary accents alongside this worldly piece. (Hint: Our Lucent Accent Chair and Bullet Glass Table Lamp will help complete the look!)
See all colors of our Moorish Chest and other handcrafted products online.
Who doesn’t love the color indigo? The color’s history dates back several millennia. The word indigo is Greek for India—explaining the origin of the dye. The color was so captivating that every major cultural area has incorporated some form of indigo into their earliest art forms. We don’t usually think of colors as antiques, but you will find indigo woven into Ikat textiles from Indonesia and India, in 8th century Japanese textiles known as shibori, and later on tapestries that hung in European castles. Indigo was added to paint along with lapis to color some of the earliest 7th century Roman paintings and to decorate household ceramics of the wealthy. Prized as the earliest introduction of color to what was otherwise an artist pallet of metals and organic colors, indigo was known as Blue Gold and traded with similar value.
Happiness Pots – Set of 3
Designers are drawn to indigo. It feels like part of their genetic makeup. We subconsciously decorate with indigo or some form of the color every day. It is versatile with a unique aura that draws us in. We put on a favorite pair of blue jeans and we feel relaxed, we drape an indigo throw over an arm chair and we are drawn in, or we layer a Ming vase and a few temple jars on a flat surface in any room and we are beckoned back to a bygone era where the artist hand creates today’s heirlooms. The color is inevitably tied to timeless design.
So, take a few moments to relax in your favorite pair of indigo jeans and browse our color inspirations on Pinterest. The use of the color, both subtle and direct, will instantly change the atmosphere.
Blue and white, ocean and shell, beach and sky—all the things that make us think of summer! From rustic to modern and artwork to textiles, here are a few of our favorite ways to get that summer feel.
1. Add color to a room using large artwork for a dramatic effect, like our Shoreline Wall Art.
2. Our Happiness Pots are versatile accessories that can fit into any decor or room.
3. Add a classic item, like our stunning Moorish Chest, to a blue and white room to balance out the look.
4. A touch of gold. Complement and add richness to a lightly colored room with our Gilt Moroccan Mirror.
5. Get the look and feel of the seaside with colorful coastal accessories.