Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quatre ... what?

Lucky in any language, the quatrefoil is a motif shaped like a clover, literally translated from the French as four leaves. It has been used since at least the 12th century, in heraldic, architectural and military symbolism. Even the legendary French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels, uses it extensively in their collections. It is a symbol of symmetry and perfection, and can be found in a vast array of interior furnishings and finishes.

A quatrefoil above the West Door of the Croyland Abbey (image from Wikipedia).

The artful Kensington tile from the Kibak Collection from Ann Sacks.

Victorian Leaf Quatrefoil, a document wallcovering from c. 1850, recreated to perfection by Hamilton Weston.

The Moss Tile Jute Rug from Pier One.

Acrylic and cotton blend for soft durability in Duralee's Alastair in Thyme.

Natural parchment and beveled glass are a beautiful reflection of the quatrefoil motif, from Paul Marra Design through 1st dibs.

Antiqued and foxed mirror enhance the beauty of the Quatrefoil Armoire from Niermann Weeks.

Ironies specializes in organic inspiration and interpretation, most evident in the Asilah Chandelier and Asilah Bed, both in bone, shagreen or shell.

"For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and everyday." ~ Irish Blessing

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