It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary

We use basic furniture vocabulary every day without thinking twice: chair, table, mirror... the list goes on.  But when you pause for a minute and think about the origins of these words, you have to go back several thousand years.  Today we will look at just a few of them. Chair The word chair dates … Continue reading It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Celtic) to Me: The Origin of Furniture Vocabulary

The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Imbrication

Our next stop on the alphabet of the decorative arts is imbrication.  Although this word may be unfamiliar now, you will soon start spotting this decorative feature everywhere.  Imbrication is decorative style featuring overlapping patterns, such as tiles on a roof or scales.  The word comes from the Latin imbricare 'to cover with tiles.'   The style first … Continue reading The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Imbrication