Friday, August 8, 2014

Greek Key

One of my favorite designs is the greek key. Greek key in art is a decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. A Greek fret or Greek key design is also known as a meander or meandros. The meander motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. Meanders were common decorative elements in Greek and Roman art. They were among the most important symbols in ancient Greece. They symbolized infinity and unity; many ancient Greek temples incorporated the sign of the meander. Greek vases, especially during their Geometric Period, were likely the genesis for the widespread use of meanders. Today, they are seen in many fabrics, architecture elements, designs, wallpapers, etc.


Original Roman architecture
So many details from the Mirror Frame, to the Fire place, to the pillows
Gorgeous detailing on this chest
I love the subtle use of the greek key on the headboard
I love this piece in our collection with the greek key design

Detail on the chest drawers
Pillows are nice accents to bring pattern into a room
How about on your floor?!

Painted on this chest 
Curtain detail
Beautiful subtle use of the greek key design in the tiling of this bathroom

Rescue, Restore, Redecorate.

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