Drawing On Antique Asian Woodcarvings

Antique woodcarvings have always been a fascination to me. The intricate bas relief designs, carved so delicately into rich dark woods are works of art that speak not only of the artist’s eye for beauty and balance but also patience and skill.

When I admire the woodcarvings I’ve collected, I marvel at the amount of time, toil and effort that has gone into each piece. Here and there in my home, I’ve displayed structural remnants from beds, wall panels, ceilings, cupboard doors …  all perfect examples of the most mundane functions made fantastically beautiful.

I find that these architectural pieces are the perfect compliment to any home decor.  Because they’re generally a natural wood stain, they don’t impose a particular color on a room, only beautifully fluid shapes and texture.  This makes them flexible art that can be moved from room to room if your decorating mood changes frequently, as mine often does.

My appreciation for this ancient art form very often finds its way into my work.  The dense repeating patterns and clean lattice designs in the carvings have inspired many, many patterns for me.  We often use them as backdrops in Wooster & Prince product photography to draw the connection between the influence Asian art has on my designs.

This season’s newest introduction, “Double Happiness”, features patterns inspired by the antique Chinese panel hanging above the mantel in my dining room.

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