Nearly 5,000 years ago, ancient Egyptian civilization was flourishing in the fertile valley of the Nile River in North Africa. It was a time of great prosperity, and life was exciting and full of promise. Egyptians celebrated their blossoming culture with an explosion of artistic expression and inventions.
During this golden period known as the “Old Kingdom,” Egyptian architects mastered the techniques for building
monumental stone structures. In a span of just 60 years, the three great pyramids of Giza were built with simple mechanical devices and thousands of laborers. Artists recorded the fine details of Egyptian life and landscapes in sculptures as well as in paintings and carvings on the walls of their temples and tombs.
Lotus Blossoms in Vases
The sacred lotus flower was a constant artistic theme in Egyptian art and architecture for 2,000 years. As a religious symbol to the pharaohs and the goddess Isis, the lotus flower appeared in elaborate bas-relief carvings as blossoms and buds arranged in bowls on banquet tables and being carried in processions. Tomb paintings depicted formal bouquets of lotuses and berries being offered to the dead.
Floral Arrangements in Medieval Europe
Also known as the Middle Ages, medieval times spanned 1,000 years from 500-1500 AD. If you should decide to have a historically correct medieval wedding, your bridal bouquet would include popular medieval flowers like roses, irises, lilies, marigolds, daisies, foxgloves, cowslip, peonies and snowdrops as well as herbs like chamomile, rosemary and St. John’s Wort.
Bouquets of Flowers in 19th Century Europe
The tradition of expressing love, sadness, regret and other emotions with floral gifts became very popular in the Victorian era (1837-1901) during the long reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria. Each type of flower had a different emotional meaning. Read more about the Language of Flowers.
Floral arrangements increased in popularity throughout the 19th century and became a fashionable decorative accent for homes. Wealthier Europeans and Americans went a step further and brought their gardens inside with sunny glass paneled rooms known as conservatories.
Today the gift of a fresh flower bouquet is the most popular way to express a wide range of emotions—from ecstatic love to profound sorrow—and are greatly appreciated by the recipient.
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