The Magic of Carpets

The Magic of Carpets

Home Interior Design, Origins and Facts
Carpet have enchanted us for thousands of years – from ancient paintings of “Sky People” riding their magic carpets, , to the ancient marketplaces of Turkey and Persia to Aladdin and his magic carpet, carpets have been a part of many magical, mystical tales. The beauty and artistry of ancient Persian and Turkish rugs were sold at the ancient marketplaces. Area rugs and carpets have their beginnings in the Neolith Age and the nomadic people.  Archaeologists have discovered remnants of what appear to be carpets that were thickly knotted. It is theorized that these “carpets” could be worn to protect them from adverse climatic conditions as well as bedding, so as not sleep on the cold ground. One of the oldest artifacts representing ancient weaving was discovered in Siberia and…
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Furniture Design – Past, Present and Future

Furniture Design – Past, Present and Future

Home Interior Design, Origins and Facts
Man has been designing furniture since the dawn of time.  Archaeologists discovered that ancient man sought rocks big enough to sit upon and constructed their bedding out of soft leaves and animal skins.  The quality of ancient Egyptian artisans can be appreciated in the elaborately carved furnishing that was present throughout the palaces. Since many of the pieces were constructed out of wood and natural materials, there are not many furniture artifacts. Much of our information that has been collected on ancient Egyptian furnishings is provided to us from funerary monuments, paintings, tomb walls and coffins. Although Egyptians had many natural resources at their disposal, when it came to materials from which to build furniture, it was quite a different story. The indigenous trees, such as fig, almond, date, palms,…
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A Snapshot History of Cameras & Photography

A Snapshot History of Cameras & Photography

Origins and Facts
The word "Photography" is derived from the Greek words fos ("light") and grafo ("to write") and was first used in 1839by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel. This art form became publicly recognised ten years later and is  largest growing hobby in the world. Let’s take a look at how this fascinating technique was created and developed. Camera Obscura – The First “Camera” Before photography was developed, people were familiar with an instrument called the Camera Obscura (which is Latin for the Dark Room). It is believed that Camera Obscura was invented around 13-14th centuries. Camera Obscura is essentially a dark, closed space in the shape of a box with a hole on one side of it. The hole has to be small enough in proportion to the box to…
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Famous People and Historic Events in Photography

Famous People and Historic Events in Photography

Origins and Facts
Since the dawn of time, man has been capturing images, on rock walls and ceilings, stone tablets, petroglyphs, pottery, etc.  For those of you who are history buffs, here we provide you a look at famous people and historic events that contributed to the evolution of photography.   Ancient times: Camera obscuras used to form images on walls in darkened rooms; image formation via a pinhole 16th century: Brightness and clarity of camera obscuras improved by enlarging the hole inserting a telescope lens 17th century: Camera obscuras in frequent use by artists and made portable in the form of sedan chairs 1727: Professor J. Schulze mixes chalk, nitric acid, and silver in a flask; notices darkening on side of flask exposed to sunlight. Accidental creation of the first photosensitive compound…
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The Wedding Cake – Yesterday and Today

The Wedding Cake – Yesterday and Today

Origins and Facts, Wedding
There are as many different #wedding cakes in this world as there are brides – and grooms! No wedding would be complete without the wedding cake; and now, we have groom’s cakes as well. The sharing of the wedding cake has a very interesting #history… Traditions: Roman Times Wedding cakes date back all the way to the Roman Empire. The custom was for the groom to break the cake over the bride’s head to ensure fertility. These “cakes” were usually a loaf of freshly baked barley bread. Attending guests also took part by eating a piece of the broken wedding cake to provide good fortune to the couple and couple’s future children. Only those children whose parents participated in the ritual were later considered for high Roman offices. Medieval Period…
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Cakes – A “Sweet” History of a Timeless Tradition

Cakes – A “Sweet” History of a Timeless Tradition

Origins and Facts
Cakes have satisfied many a sweet-tooth over the ages. Did you know that some cake recipes are centuries old?  There are thousands of cake recipes from all over the world; some are more bread-like while others are decadent, rich and very elaborate. Most cakes include some variation of the same ingredients: flour, shortening, a leavening agent, a sweetening ingredient, milk, eggs, and flavoring. Making cakes is easier than ever; even the most amateur of cooks can turn out a perfect cake in no time. Archeologists have uncovered some early examples of biscuit-like cakes among the findings in Neolithic villages.  They consisted of crushed grains that were moistened, then compacted and more than likely cooked on stones. The ancient Greeks made cakes called"plakous",made from nuts and honey. Another Greek cake was…
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Invitations – Then & Now

Invitations – Then & Now

Magic of Cards, Origins and Facts
The Social Invitations As social creatures, we like to share, be it a wedding, birth of a child, a Christening, a birthday, a graduation, baby shower, bachelorette party or promotion. Perhaps it is to celebrate your first publication or grand opening. Whatever the occasion, sharing your special events and having others join in the celebration makes it that much more special. Ever since man became socialized and started living and sharing their lives with others, extending invitations to these events has been practiced for ages.  Ancient civilizations wrote upon scrolls and sent their messengers to deliver the invitation to a wedding, celebration or other joyful event. Beginning in the 18th century, only the Elite in France and England used “invitations”, inviting their peers by way of handcrafted announcement, written by…
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Sending Greetings through the Ages

Sending Greetings through the Ages

Origins and Facts
Through the ages, sending greetings dates back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilisations; messages of good will as well as such things as celebrating the New Year were often conveyed on papyrus scrolls. [caption id="attachment_2125" align="alignleft" width="195"] First Valentine on permanent display in the British Museum in London[/caption]   By the early to mid-1400s, handmade paper greeting cards were exchanged throughout Europe. The Germans printed greetings from woodcuts. Printing advances during the 1850’s transformed the mass production of greeting cards. The postage stamp introduced in 1840 made sending these cards that much easier. The first known valentine card can be traced back to 1415. It is on permanent display in the British Museum in London. In 1843, artist John Horsley was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole to design the first…
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Nature’s Gift – The Power of the Essence of Flowers

Nature’s Gift – The Power of the Essence of Flowers

Flowers, Origins and Facts
Throughout the ages a rich symbolism has evolved around plants and their flowers; they have held a special place in people's lives being depicted  in art, jewelry, stories and paintings. People used them to represent love, desire, events, feast days, birthdays and celebrations of all kinds. Flowers are sought after for their beauty, and their fragrances. Flowers appeal to our senses and stimulate us; they move us intensely on a very subtle level that we are not aware of, triggering pheromones. The essence from flowers is used in a subtle but powerful new and healing way; they are transferred into liquids called flower remedies or simply flower essences. Aromatherapy can calm, soothe and provide a sense of well-being and fulfillment.  This practice is based on the premise that humans and…
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