It’s no news that designers have embraced a medieval aesthetic. After last season’s baroque explosion, this season comes with lavish embellishments, dramatic capes and royal silhouettes. The climax of this ornate trend was Dolce & Gabanna’s byzantine collections, seen above on the left. However Sarah Burton’s collection for Alexander McQueen is just as lavish, complete with cage-like jewels that cover the entire face.
The point is that it feels like this trend is bigger than just a runway seasonal choice. Collecting furnishings and antiques from these ancient era’s is quite popular, and mixing these old pieces into decor is common practice. In terms of the look, think old needlepoint tapestries, mosaics, embellished everything, brocade fabrics, velvets and damasks. The Byzantine inspired jewel seems to be everywhere as well, characterized by iconographic motifs, roman crosses and many intaglio-clad pieces.
Note the emphasis on regal designs and opulence traditionally fit for royalty back in the middle ages. We’re just not purists over here: we see this all as sort of going together. The royal, crown wearing motifs tie in with the tapestry fetish, which seems to coincide with the brocade dresses and byzantine jewelry theme. Our focus is on the home, and the ways that people are embracing ancient finds in their space.
Tapestry’s have always been considered lavish, belonging only to royalty during the middle ages. They would drape them over their bed to keep warm. Now, these incredibly rare, gorgeous pieces of history are hung on walls or used to upholster furniture. Buy this 18th Century Flemish tapestry and pair of 19th century tapestry covered chairs
from Garden Variety//Nashville, TN // 615.509.2145 // 1st Dibbs
Barbara Westbrook loves to layer in a bit of Byzantine glamour into her decor, as seen in the hanging tapestry, pillows on the bed, first above. And how about this lush, violet velvet tufted bench? Opulent in the best of ways.
Westbrook Interiors // Atlanta, GA // 404 355 9430
The color combination of gold, deep red and cobalt blue seen in this pillow and tapestry is so authentic to the Baroque periods of fashion. They’re sure to add a timelessness to any space. The gifted curators at Trouvé seem to pick only that which has historical meaning enough to really make your space special.
Trouvé // Scottsdale, AZ // 602.778.9777
Also found in Phoenix: this incredible antique leather chair and wooden chest, apart of a growing collection available for purchase via the vibrant interior design showroom of Wiseman and Gale.
It’s so easy to get a handle of what is chic from simply looking at the different stationery coming out of Arzberger Stationers. Case in point: this hand cut monogrammed card, that has just a touch of Gothic edge, we couldn’t help but include it here.
Arzberger Stationers // Charlotte, NC // (704) 376-6795
The classic styles of the past have been popular within the TSG network for quite sometime. The best example being Elizabeth Locke, pictured top right. Her designs are always based on ancient cameos, coins or relics, and this Byzantine inspired charm is no exception. Pictured top left is an instagram from TSG CVille’s editor Heather, who is shown trying on the gorgeous rings from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry.
Of course, if your price-point is not quite, shall we say, at that high a level, never fear, we’ve got vintage finds! Check out Phoenix’s Vintage by Misty’s robust Etsy store, featuring fun clip-ons like the ones above.
Dolce & Gobanna’s Fall 2013 line.
The heels here, as fun as they are, won’t give you as much joy as owning this richly upholstered pillow that you can pass down to your kids. The rare find is naturally from Hunt Country, VA, a hub of great taste and fine breading:
Firefox Gallery & Antiques // 540.687.5241 // Current Featured Items