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Pendleton Blanket


Tree of Life on Stand




Indian Ivory & Rosewood box


Bronze Dish

What: Tree of Life, this is a difficult one to describe in just a few sentences, but it is a common motif represented in many cultures, countries, ideologies and religions. Usually represented with roots in the earth, a strong trunk, and branches climbing into the sky.  Often though these elements are present, it may not appear very tree-like because the tree of life can be geometric, abstract, modern or naturalistic.  Often there are animals or birds near the tree or in the branches.

History:  The concept of the tree of life spans cultures, countries, and religions.  Some interpretations are: evolution, underworld-earth-heaven, interconnectedness of all living beings, gifts from God, humanity, soul-physical body, and divinity.  If you'd like to see how far-reaching the tree of life is check out its wikipedia page.  Because the tree of life is a concept held by many people it is widely available as a design on tapestries, textiles, pots, paintings, rugs and many other decorative objects from all corners of the globe.

Use: The tree of life is depicted on many different types of decorative objects.  It can be placed almost anywhere in your home from rugs on the floor to a textile hung on the wall.  It is widely reproduced on fabric and wallpaper. You can find it on objects from Turkey, Greece, India, China, Ancient Egypt, Ireland, and so many more.   So whatever your style, you'll find a tree of life for your tastes.


I've had many a comments and emails about the "wallpaper" in my living room from my hour tour on Friday.  It surprises even some people that see it in person that its a stencil from here.  Insanely priced at about $35 for the stencil, a quart of paint, and an entire weekend (plus) for one wall.  This work is laborious, but the end result is dramatic and lovely and if you can spare a weekend or two I would absolutely recommend using a stencil.  I would not however, suggest this for people who are extreme perfectionists - it won't look perfect, if you look close you will see imperfections, mistakes, splotches, holes, and other undesirable attributes.  My husband wanted to paint over the very first portion we did, when the stencil was free of paint residue and the edges were sharp.  But I am impatient and pressed on knowing we couldn't make each line crisp because I wanted that wall done.  I wanted my living room back quickly.  I, of course was right once the wall was done you see the overall effect and not the imperfections.

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