The Roman Empire made several contributions to past and present society, one being chair design. As the Empire expanded across Europe, so did its methods of craftsmanship. It was during this reign that curule chairs were first introduced, said to have originated in Etruria. These chairs, or stools, were reserved for magistrates holding imperium to sit on during court or royal gatherings. One of the earliest recorded examples of the curule chair dates back to 494 BC when Roman dictator Manius Valerius Maximus was awarded one as a result of his victory over the Sabines.
In Rome, the curule chair was traditionally made of ivory and had a wide x-base, no arms, and no back. Keeping up with this regal tradition, we’ve created our Bone Curule Stool in the same fashion but updated it for a more modern appeal. Combining 18th-century Empire Style with 16th-century Moorish design, this exquisite stool has the best of both worlds. Each stool is embellished with hundreds of pieces of camel bone that are carved and inlaid into a wood frame by hand—a meticulous and time-consuming process skilled artisans endure to create these imperial pieces. Fit for a king or a queen, this stool is complete with a durable white linen cushion, and is an ideal seat for a vanity or desk. Hint: Pair two at the end of the bed for even more regal ambiance.
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.
Parat bowls have been around for centuries—still commonly used in Indian homes—and are used to prepare and serve chapati or dough.
Chapati is one of the most common forms in which wheat, the staple of northern and western India, is consumed. The Indus Valley, part of ancient India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, is known to be one of the ancestral lands of cultivated wheat. Chapati is first kneaded in a parat bowl before slapping it between wet hands, rotating the dough to perfection.
Though parat bowls were traditionally used to make dough, we see this piece of history as a conversation-starting decorative item. This roughly 50-60-year-old artifact is chiseled into its unique form with an ax, carved by hand from a single piece of wood. Found and collected near the border of Burma, each one-of-a-kind piece is unique in character.
Enrich a room with Old World charm and showcase this piece solo as a collectible or as a centerpiece filled with candles or curios. You knead it!
As a decorative motif, the sunburst may have its roots in medieval religious roots, as it was used in churches as a symbol of God overlooking the members of the congregation. During the 17th century, the Catholic church began using elaborate montrances adorned with gilded rays. (See Wisteria’s interpretation coming this fall—our Sunburst Monstrances.) There is speculation that sunburst mirrors were around centuries before, as a convex mirror with a sunburst design was depicted in a 15th-century painting by Jan van Eyck.
Though sunburst mirrors may have been around for centuries before his reign, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was the one who popularized the starburst motif. Many pieces of furniture owned by Louis XIV and architectural structures within his palace were adorned with this motif, especially the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Rising Sunburst Mirror
The Newsoms have a sunburst mirror Shannon’s mother found in the south of France hung above their fireplace. Inspired by its beauty and uniqueness, we recreated it to share with you. Traditionally made in a gold (and sometimes silver) hue, ours is hand-carved, layered whitewashed wood, adding a modern, rustic twist to a classic design.
The Newsom’s sunburst mirror
Bring a richness to any wall space with our Rising Sunburst Mirror !
Mother Nature, full of wonder and beauty, has a way of making the most ordinary things utterly breathtaking. Take, for instance, our collection of Petrified Pieces.
From Wood to Stone
Deriving from the Greek root petro, literally meaning “wood to stone,” petrified wood is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. Through this naturally occurring process, all organic materials have been replaced with minerals (such as quartz) while conserving the original structure of the stem tissue. Preserved for millions of years—due to lack of oxygen underground—petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material, creating a fossilized record of time.
Why We Love It
We’ve always been a fan of blending raw, natural materials into more contemporary-style spaces, rather than being reserved for traditional settings. Incorporating these rustic, rich-with-texture pieces into a modern space mixed with shiny materials (i.e., glass, metals, etc.) help warm it up by delivering a naturally organic, and very cozy, element. We’ve found petrified wood, which is celebrated for its vast range of textures, shapes, and hues, make for unique and intriguing accent pieces to complement existing decor.
Our collection of Petrified Pieces features a set of bookends, a tray, and a stool. Each one of these pieces are a capsule of history that can withstand the elements to last generations.