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New Additions: Colorful Watercolors

Posted on February 09, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

Any time of year is the right time of year for brilliant botanical paintings in watercolor.  In the springtime they're an indoor celebration of growth and renewal, in the summer they emulate the beauty outdoors in full bloom.  In fall and winter, a gentle reminder of the cycle of life while things wind down.  It is said one of the greatest carpets of all time (yes, another Old New House specialty aside from Wall Art includes antique area rugs!), The Spring of Khosrow Carpet, as it was known, was created for King Khosrow's as he longed greatly for his well manicured gardens during the cold winter months in Persia.  We hope you too find this section of our shop to be warming, inviting and of course inspirational!  Be sure to take a look at our new arrivals where many of these watercolors can be found, as well as our botanical section and of course, Old New House antique carpets.

 

No watering required!

 

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Huge Vintage and Antique Pull Down Maps

Posted on February 07, 2014 by M+D | 1 comment

There's nothing quite like having a piece of real history on your wall.  Antique pull down maps are one of those wall art pieces that are stand alone + amazing. 

Maybe it's the golden patina, perhaps its the crackling texture, maybe it's the subject matter - Europe, North America, or an antique pulldown World map...  At the end of the day, we think it's a combination of all these things + the story:

Often used as educational guides in schools, libraries and public institutions. These maps and charts were pulled on, rolled (at times slapped up too quickly) - sometimes several times a day.  What an amazing thrill it was to have a break from the squeaky chalk board and have one of these maps rolled out in front of a classroom.  Perhaps these are the very maps of yesterday that inspired the likes of future politicians, dignitaries, architects, teachers and more.  Perhaps geography wasn't everyone's strength in school, but I think we all had a secret thrill from seeing something different during the school day - especially the ever-so-welcome colorful outlines of these relics.  It's amazing to see these in the condition they are - some of the antique pull down maps we offer are 50, 75, 100 years old.  A few are even pre-Civil War! 

As a testament to this beautiful and mysterious world and the education process where today's learning aides and classroom tools seem to be ever so easily replaced with digital, we hope you too can find inspiration from these maps and charts.

M+D

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