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Majestic and Moorish: Our Bone Curule Stool

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.

Majestic and Moorish: Our Bone Curule Stool | Wisteria

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.

Majestic and Moorish: Our Bone Curule Stool | Wisteria

  
  
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Nonprofit Friend: Methodist Children’s Home Costa Rica

Nonprofit Friend: Methodist Children's Home Costa Rica | Wisteria

The Methodist Children’s Home is a Christian children’s home near San Jose, Costa Rica. In conjunction with local government agencies, it provides a safe, peaceful alternative to the overcrowded, state-run orphanages in San Jose. Ray and Lidia Zirkel, long-time Methodist missionaries, started the Children’s Home as an extension of their other ministries. The vision for the Methodist Children’s Home is to provide a nurturing and family-centered environment for children who otherwise would have no home.

In 2006, the Zirkel family was able to purchase a small farm located in Patio de Agua, Coronado. This property allowed them to have access to public roads, water, and utilities. In 2011, the first home was opened with welcoming arms to house children. With a vision to build five homes, an open-air chapel, a soccer field, a basketball court, and a playground, Methodist Children’s Home Costa Rica works diligently to provide a healthy, stable life for these children. In our February 2015 feature, Ray and Lidia Zirkel expressed that they would like to build a multipurpose building—a center for the children to gather and play. We are proud to announce that they broke ground this year and have begun building this much-needed space.

We would like to partner with you, our customer, in an effort to provide the necessary resources for Methodist Children’s Home Costa Rica to continue their endeavors. On January 10, 2016, Wisteria will Give 10% of your entire purchase to Methodist Children’s Home Costa Rica and you will Get 10% off your purchase. Use promo code MCH2016 at checkout. Help out!

To learn more or make a donation of your own, visit www.zirkelministrycostarica.com

 

  
  
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The Man In Red (Or Blue): Our Nordic and Seaside Santas

Growing up many of us were told of the jolly old man with the big white beard and big belly that shook like a bowl full of jelly when he laughed. This man is Santa Claus—also known as Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply Santa—the man in red who shimmies down the chimney each Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to all the children who’ve been nice. Though this depiction has evolved into a fantastical character, the origins of Santa Claus actually stem from a 4th-century bishop named Saint Nicholas.

Saint Nicholas was a Greek Christian bishop of Myra, a province of the Byzantine Empire, now in Turkey. Saint Nicholas was extremely religious and devoted his entire life to Christianity. He became famous for his generosity—giving gifts to the poor—and is usually portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes. In honor of his selfless actions, December 6 was known as Saint Nicholas’ Day. Children were bestowed gifts in his honor by their families the night before. This date later changed to December 24, following the course of the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther.

The story of Santa Claus varies slightly in each culture, taking on their own adaptation, but the heart of the story remains the same—emerging from a single Saint who gifted to the poor.

Our Nordic and Seaside Santas are a simple reminder of this special story.

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Our Nordic Santa is prepared for the winter season—bundled up and ready to go with a bushel of holly, a pinecone walking stick, and a lantern to light the way down those chimneys.

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Decked in hues taken from the sea, our Seaside Santa is a coastal-inspired take on the man in red. Toting a bounty of real shells, he’ll add a splash of maritime cheer to your holiday collection.

Featuring intricate details and lifelike qualities, each of our Santas are made completely by hand and will make a festive addition to your traditional or coastal-inspired spread.

 

  
  
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Nonprofit Friend: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Nonprofit Friend: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust | Wisteria

We first featured The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a beloved organization to Wisteria’s co-founder Shannon Newsom, in our March 2014 catalog. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is a nonprofit organization that has worked to protect wildlife and habitats in Kenya for the past 38 years. World-known for the success of its Orphans’ Project, the DSWT is the recognized authority on the hand raising and reintegration of orphaned African elephants—to date, they have successfully hand-raised over 190 elephants and many have been reintegrated into the wild.

Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick founded The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 1977 in memory of her late husband, and the founder of Tsavo National Park, David Sheldrick MBE. David and Daphne’s work to protect wildlife in Kenya began in the early 1950s, with their Tsavo home soon becoming a haven for orphaned animals. As the wildlife situation worsened due to poaching, human-wildlife conflict, habitat destruction, and drought, the number of orphans in need grew significantly and the Sheldricks worked vigorously to successfully raise and rehabilitate orphaned animals.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has evolved into a multidimensional organization, working in-air and on the ground to watch over, care for, and protect all of Kenya’s wildlife. The DSWT has six conservation programs to carry out their mission; this is done through the Orphans’ Project, Anti-Poaching Teams, Mobile Vet Units, Aerial Surveillance, Saving Habitats, and Community Outreach.

Though this nonprofit organization has been successful with raising and reintegrating elephants into the wild, their job does not end there. The anti-poaching teams, medical units, and pilots of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continue to ensure these ex-orphans and wild herds are kept safe and given the future they deserve.

We would like to partner with you, our customer, in an effort to provide necessary resources to support the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. On December 18, 2015, Wisteria will Give 10% of your entire purchase to support the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and you will Get 10% off your purchase. Use promo code DSWT2015 at checkout.

To learn more or make a donation of your own, visit

www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

  
  
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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.

Our Collection

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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