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Unraveling the Story: Our Zardosi Wall Art

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.

Zardosi Method 

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.

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Unraveling the Story: Our Zardosi Wall Art | Wisteria

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.”

Zardosi Cross Wall Art | Wisteria

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 . . .”

Zardosi Psalms Crown Wall Art | Wisteria

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.

  
  
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In a Sea Full Wonder: The Legend of the Sand Dollar

In a Sea Full Wonder: The Legend of the Sand Dollar | Wisteria

You may have collected sand dollars on your visits to the beach—picking them up to collect or to break in half and release the five “doves”—but are you familiar with The Legend of the Sand Dollar? As legend has it, the sand dollar represents the birth, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Written anonymously, there is a story that explains how this unique creation is a symbol of Christ’s life and is used as a way to spread His message.

We were awestruck with this sentiment and wanted to share it with you. Our The Legend of the Sand Dollar set features a real sand dollar ornament—a visual of the story and a keepsake for you—complemented by a handmade jute bag to stylishly and securely hold this unique piece. It also comes with the written story, so you can always be reminded of its sacred message.

‘Tis the season! This special set makes a great gift for your favorite storyteller.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The legend of the sand dollar,

That I would like to tell,

Of the birth and death of Jesus Christ,

Found in this lowly shell.

 

If you will examine closely,

You’ll see that you will find here,

Four nails holes and a fifth one,

Made by a Roman’s spear.

 

On one side the Easter Lily,

Its center is the star,

That appeared unto the shepherds,

And led them from afar.

 

The Christmas Poinsettia,

Etched on the other side,

Reminds us of His birthday,

Our joyous Christmas tide.

 

Now break the center open,

And here you will release,

The five white doves awaiting,

To spread good will and peace.

 

This simple little symbol,

Christ left for you and me,

To help to spread His message,

Through all eternity.

Anonymous 

  
  
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Woodblock Linens: A Grainy History

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Woodblock Print Tablecloth – Maple Leaf

At Wisteria, we love creating products with beauty and meaning. Our woodblock linens are just that. Woodblock printing is an ancient technique used for printing text, images, or patterns. Originating in China, this process was widely used throughout East Asia and remained the most common method of printing until the 19th century. A true measure of high-quality printing, the earliest surviving example of a wood block print—flowers on silk—dates back to 220 AD, during the Han Dynasty. This detailed process is done completely by hand.

Woodblock Linens
Woodblock Print Napkins – Gold

Artisans hand-carve a relief pattern into wooden blocks, where the wood is cut away with a knife, chisel, or sandpaper, revealing characters or patterns. The art of carving the woodblock is known as xylography.

Our woodblock linens are created through a stamping process. During this process the fabric is set on a flat surface and the wood block is placed on top. The back of the block is inked and then pressed or hammered to transfer the design to the fabric. Each color-pattern is applied layer by layer.

Woodblock Linens | Wisteria
Woodblock Print Tablecloth – Gold Paisley

This arduous process delivers divine designs and colors of linen, each individually special and different. A token of true beauty and a product with meaning.

  
  
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Lepping Horse Weathervane

The new year meant a new product launch here at Wisteria and one of our favorite new accessories is the Lepping Horse Weathervane. This special piece also happens to be full of history!

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Our design was inspired by a mid-nineteenth century weathervane made by A.L. Jewell and Co. in Waltham, Massachusetts. Jewell, a talented craftsman, made several copper weathervanes during his life. You can read more about the original and others like it on Skinnerinc.com. Jewell was also one of the first to publish catalogs of his own designs. (Thanks for paving the way!)

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This weathervane is a tribute to the majestic nature of show horses and their abilities to jump through hoops and over fences. The official sport of show jumping, or lepping, is said to have begun in England when property owners were forced to fence off their land, as enforced under the Inclosure Act. Before this act and the myriad fences that were built across the country, there had been no need for horses to jump fences.

  
  
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Clay Bird Tray

Pottery has been important for the Chinese since almost the beginning of time. The Han Dynasty was one of the earliest dynasties, reigning from 202 BC – 220 AD. Kilns and glazing were not widely spread or available yet at the time, meaning most pottery from this era lacked the familiar shine of Chinese porcelain. But the pieces created were no less magnificent, from everyday pottery to exquisite lamps. Our Clay Bird Tray follows the style of pottery made during this time.

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Originally, this small piece sat atop a clay oil lamp that was over 3 feet tall. As you can see below, the lamp featured decorative details of flowers, birds, mammals, and dragons. The piece as a whole is believed to represent the coexistence of man and God.

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Chinese artisans have taken inspiration from the original antique and reproduced this terracotta bird tray that is more practical for modern living. Place a candle in the tray for instant ambiance or use it to collect keys near the door. Use it however you please, but don’t forget its history – it’s a fun fact to share with family and guests!

clay bird tray

  
  
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