The Rose in Architecture, Design and Decoration
The rose is one of the most beloved of all flowers. Not only has it been grown and hybridized through the centuries, it has made its way into our homes and has adorned our bodies for centuries. You do not have to look very far to find a rose pattern or motif. Roses adorn fabrics, both for the home and for fashion. Whether realistic or stylized, roses appear on furniture, glassware, china, ceramics, wallpaper, carpets, tapestries, clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories, stationery, and much more.
There is a design to match every style – traditional, country, shabby-chic, Victorian, modern, Asian, English.
Here are a few links to my personal favorite designs and designers in the history of the rose as used in design and decoration:
The rose window, made of stained glass, was an integral part of the design of cathedrals during the medieval period.
Arts and Crafts Movement:
More images and information on roses in decoration can be found on the Victoria and Albert Museum website.
Contemporary and vintage depictions of roses in design are so numerous; a personal web search will yield pages of results.
Here are some links added by Bernice
Walk through your home, open your drawers, closets and cabinets. Take photos or make a list of the items you have which contain a rose design. Or visit a shop near you and see what items you can find that contain the rose motif.