Zardosi is an intricate Persian embroidery technique that dates back to the Mughal Empire under the patronage Emperor Akbar. Traditionally done in gold bullion wire (Zardosi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold), this detailed needlework was once used by Persian royalty to embellish their garments and accessories. Due to industrialization and loss of royal patronage, this unique and extremely detailed technique is now practiced by only a handful of artisans—a dying art we’d like to keep alive.
The Zardosi embroidery process begins with the artisan sitting (usually cross-legged) around the wooden framework with their tools. These tools include curved hooks, needles, gold or silver wire, and whatever style beads or sequins they choose. The design is then traced onto the fabric and stretched over a wooden frame—the intricate embroidery then begins.
Our Zardosi Isaiah Crown Wall Art is fit for a king and will deliver a spiritual element to a wall space. Profiled in a gold wood frame, this ornate crown features delicate, hand-sewn beads and is outlined with the verse from Isaiah 28:5, “In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.”
Our Zardosi Cross Wall Art fits with holiday or everyday decor. Featuring an ornate crown atop a cross, this intricately detailed piece delivers the message from Isaiah 40:29–31, “He gives his power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength . . .”
Last but not least, our Zardosi Psalms Crown Wall Art features an ornate crown on a bed of laurel leaves above the verse from Psalms 149:4, “For the Lord takes delight in his people he crowns the humble victory.” This beautiful piece is embroidered on stretched canvas over a wood frame.
We can’t imagine how a wonderfully unique and traditional technique has become almost obsolete, and though it’s not much, we hope these pieces will help keep this dying art alive.
At Wisteria, we are constantly being inspired by pieces we find around the world. When we travel, we are on a hunt to find pieces that will awaken our creativity and, hopefully, will be treasured by you for years to come—like our Rajasthani Mirror.
Woodworking is a skill artisans in India have been perfecting since the rule of the British Empire. British Colonial design still has a strong influence on furniture crafted in Rajasthan and other regions of India. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Jodhpur that have been doing woodworking for quite some time, this mango wood mirror is hand-carved with an ornate British Colonial design that will deliver worldly sophistication to a wall space. The white washed finish delivers a reflective quality, making this piece light and airy. This mirror is proof of the fine skill and craftsmanship of woodworking. Each time you gaze into this looking glass, the intricate details will leave you ogling at its beauty—maybe more so than yourself.
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Need a little inspiration on how to tie our Rajasthani Mirror into your décor? We suggest creating a salon wall surrounding the mirror using a few of our Antique Moroccan Sconces and our Moroccan Repeating Mirror.
For a complete Marrakesh look, our Burmese Coffee Table is a great foundation piece to tie everything together.
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.
At Wisteria, we love creating pieces that are our idea from beginning to end, and so we’ve become quite fond of producing wall art from our in-house photography. An idea can stem from anything—nature, a personal encounter, artwork. Once an idea has gone through conception, our Style Director and Lead Photographer artistically collaborate to create something truly unique. For instance, the flowers and background for our Anemone Wall Art were chosen and styled by our Style Director. Our Lead Photographer then puts this flower into focus by using the right light to properly highlight the delicate, intricate angles.
After a trial and error process the final photograph is chosen. Once this feat is accomplished, the framing department steps in for the finishing touches. Printed in-house on an ink-jet printer using archival ink and paper (which achieves rich color), the final photograph has now transformed into a giclee print. Once printed, the print is placed with the glazing and foam support board inside a solid wood or metal frame. This secures the contents of the frame to ensure that the complete item will reach its destination safely. The Framing Department meticulously checks their work at each and every stage.
At the end, what begins as a seed of an idea—traveling through many hands—emerges as a blooming piece of eye-catching wall art.
Though it can be argued that still life painting began in Ancient Egypt, it has strong origins in Graeco-Roman art and the Middle Ages—when still life painting emerged as a distinct genre. Still life art has come a long way since then, but we’re still enraptured by its simple beauty.
Somewhere in a village in Xiamen, China, a group of artisans work to replicate the still life photography taken by our in-house stylist, Mary Jane. This skilled group of artists thrive in their artistic community, which allows them to capture the essence of these photos in breathtaking detail. With every brushstroke across the canvas, they bring life to flowers, books, fruit, and countless other items.
Whether you’re looking for a moody, romantic piece for your home or just dreamy tones to add contrast to a wall space, our Still Life Wall Art seals the deal while making a statement.