Monday, October 17, 2011

What's really old is new

Although its very trendy right now, the classic Greek key motif is sure to stick around for several more millennia.

The meander motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. The motif is also known as Greek key or Greek fret.

Meander was an important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things.
The motif is at once simple and intricate and has had amazing longevity in remaining stylish.

Its modern feel and classic history lends itself to eclectic decor.

It is hard not to be smitten with the pattern.

It is on really fabulous everyday objects

and a few slightly odd.

Oh well, I guess if you like it, you like it. Could be worse.
Do you have any decorative items with a Greek key motif?


The Pink Pagoda said...

How interesting! I love Greek key and am always happy to know more history. Please tell me what that blue and white china is?!!

designchic said...

I adore a Greek key motif, and these are wonderful examples. Adore the bench in the second image!!