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Mauritian nature broken down into 2 palettes

Both these sequences of pictures include countless shades and color variations – an ode to the richness of tropical scenery of Mauritius – a little island on the Indian Ocean ... Selected shades were captured from the photos by the eyedropper tool – what an easy way to obtain inspirational color palettes even when the Pantone sampler is not handy! 

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Palette 2

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The British Museum Jewelry – a zoom on selected exhibits in the collection 

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 Neo-Classical Intaglios – a technique in which an image is created by cutting, carving or engraving into a flat surface used in these exhibits was borrowed from antiquity. Reinvented in Renaissance and the 18th and 19th centuries when efforts were made to revive the ancient techniques. Superb examples of Neo-Classical gem engraving belonged to a famous Polish collector Prince Poniatowski.

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Greek revivalist jewelry examples, references to Ancient Greece, Etruscan and Egyptian cultures.

Sun-God Helios brooch, Medusa cameos, beading, scarab and laurel leaves pendants, caduceus fibulas (symbol of peace and commerce, associated with god Hermes and today with medicine), glass mosaic borders, woven bracelets, enamelled gold, jasper intaglios are all examples of the mastery and virtuosity of Italian revivalist jewellers. Most of the above pieces are from the second half of 19th century. 

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Gold cape originated in the times of the Bronze Age, about 1900-1600 BC. It was discovered in 1833 on the remains of a skeleton in a stone-lined grave.  The cape is unique, so its owner must have been someone of high status. Wearing it would severely restricted movement of the upper arms and it was probably only used ceremonially.  

Gold lunula and gold armlets. A distinctive csescent-shaped ornament dates back to the early Bronze Age, about 2400-200 BC. Lunulae could have served as a sign of rank, or been used during ceremonial occasions. Gold armlets were found in an excavation of a small pit on the edge of a burial mound. Many of these precious objects were buried with their owners.  

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Noël en Belgique

Choose Belgium to experience the rich festivity of Christmas

Surrounded by the splendor of Belgian Art Nouveau, breathtaking light shows, plethora of attractions with everything from the nativity scenes, Christmas markets, ice skating rinks, street food - with overrepresentation of chocolate, waffles and beer, as one may expect in Belgium:-), people enjoying each other's company around outdoor heaters, Belgium definitely exudes Christmassy charm. We visited Brussels and Antwerp to find that out first hand!

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Winter Wonders at the Grand-Place in Brussels 

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Wandering around the beautiful Antwerp on Christmas day. Grote Markt, the main square in Antwerp housing Christmas market chalets, each offering their specialties to the visitors.

JOYEUX NOËL!

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Manor Accents display for marble knobs and handles

We present this display for our partners to help display our knobs and handles. The products are stuck to wooden sheets, with Manor Accents logo embossed in leather on the front, little labels with product reference numbers under each product and a thick cotton rope to hang the display on a hook.

To order yours write to welcome@manor-accents.com.

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Manor Accents cultivating the Spirit of Christmas

Bring back the memories of old and the essence of Christmas. Fill your home with nostalgia and the yearning for the carelessness of childhood. Dimmed lights, vivid pine scent and exquisite decorations. Find the joy in rediscovering it all every holiday season. 

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If those words seem easier said than done to you, sit down in your favorite chair, get cozy with a blanket and hot brew of tea, honey, rum, orange and a hint of clover and leave the world outside.  Find the beauty not in the latest fashions but in timeless charm of rich red, gold, green and make sure you include your own handmade additions on the Christmas tree.

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In the photos: the epitome of exquisite Christmas ornaments by Mostowski (made in Poland) as well as handmade leather ornaments - together they bring color richness, some pieces are one-of-a-kind, very unique and will have your guests relishing the mood present at your Christmas gatherings.

 

MANOR ACCENTS WISHES YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

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Domesticated Romanticism of Biedermeier

During the development of the Biedermeier style (1814-1848) people cultivated family life and stabilization, home entertainment, spending time together playing musical instruments and crafting. This elevated the position of children within the family unit which popularized creating portraits of the youngest.

 

Interiors reflected those tendencies. Sitting rooms were bright and cosy, they provided intimacy, they were also decorated with more practicality in mind, lighter furniture, sunny colors, muslin courtains, striped wallpaper, round tables on one leg were made of light-colored wood, upholstery fabrics were woven with characteristic tiny flowers and pinstripe.

Home decoration items were infused with charm and a multitude of shapes. Colorful glass was beautifully cut, dyed with pure gold, oxides and in-mass, carved with scenes - The Biedermeier style gave birth to the biggest technological progress in glass-making.

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Soulful Craftsmanship of Manor Accents

In today’s rapidly changing world we watch as more and more professions are being replaced by automation and human factor is becoming obsolete. We raise our eyebrows and wonder if eventually the age of AI (Artifical Intelligence) will completely consign the human endeavor into the dustbin of history... If this grim vision is not to our satisfaction, maybe we should look at humanity anew and distill its stock which even quantum computers won’t be able to duplicate? One could venture to say that the components of true craftsmanship could be a starting point: the soulful manipulation of raw materials and the organic thought being materialized during a process of manual labor in conjunction with tools. It is bound to remain captivating as we go forward and beyond.

 Below: photos from the development of new Manor Accents products in India

     

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Manor Accents remembers Viennese Secession

Vienna is the place for architecure and art aficionados. The opulence of ornaments, textbook examples of almost all styles of architecture, multitude of museums and art exhibits will leave no one indifferent. Amongsts the many tendencies in art, Vienna experienced most fully the so-called Viennese Secession at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. We all know and appreciate the most famous creator of that movement Gustav Klimt. However, there are many other outstanding artists of the Viennese Secession, Koloman Moser being one of the ones deserving special recognition. He was one of the most talented Austrian graphics artist, painter and designer whose artistic vision was way ahead of his time. In 1903 he co-created a new movement called Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna's Workshop) and became its artistic director. His legacy includes enormour attainment in furniture, jewelry, fabrics, glass and metal artwork, stained glass and posters with characteristic geometric motives. His work today can be admired at MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts.

MANOR ACCENTS SILK SCARVES here.

     

  

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Manor Accents taking a trip to the source of silk manufacturing

Despite the fact that China is typically considered to be the ancient cradle of silk manufacturing, it is the Fergana Valley in modern Uzbekistan that is till these days known for the best quality silk. This particular area was part of the famed Silk Road and heavily laden caravans would have their stop here to exchange goods, one of which was the coveted hand made colorful and patterned silk.  Yodgorlik - factory in Margilan is where silk production is still conducted using the same methods as hundreds of years ago.

                                                       

Silk production starts in garden plots of local houses where mulberry trees grow and provide breeding ground to silkworms. Nearly every family has its own little silkworm farm and once silkworms create white cocoons, they are purchased by the Yodgorlik factory. Eggs are meticulously sorted and they undergo subsequent treatment. White plain looking cocoons are boiled in water for an extended period of time in order for the individual threads to come off.

                                          

                                          

Raw yarns are dyed solely with natural raw materials that have been available in the nature for thousands of years. Fully prepared yarns are dispatched to numerous locations around the world and are used to create colorful ikats on the premises of the factory. Yodgorlik till these days is considered to be the leading factory providing the highest quality silk yarns and the natural colorants used in production remain in some part obscure. 

                                         

Visitng this place feels like time travel in its own right and helps to fully understand the preciousness of silk.

MANOR ACCENTS SILK SCARVES here 

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Manor Accents offers a wide range of solutions and  SILK SCARVES offer for B2B purposes.

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