Florists through human history

The guide to florist history embarks on a captivating journey through time, exploring the rich cultural history of florists and their artistry across different epochs:

1. Ancient Egypt (around 3000 – 332 BC)

  • The ancient Egyptians revered abundance, believing it to be divine. Flowers played a significant role in their rituals, feasts, and celebrations.
  • Lotus Blossom: The lotus flower symbolized creation and life. Tying two lotus flowers together represented rebirth after death.
  • New Kingdom Period: By this era, colors and flower garlands were not only decorative but also served as religious protection and status symbols. Flowers accompanied the deceased into the underworld, ensuring safe passage until rebirth.
  • Floral Materials: Cornflowers, chamomile, poppies, and grape vines were commonly used, each carrying specific symbolic meanings.

2. Middle Ages and Renaissance

  • Middle Ages: Floral arrangements were primarily seen in churches as wreaths, garlands, and vase displays. European monks practiced floristry during this period.
  • Renaissance: A revival of interest in antiquity influenced elaborate floral decorations. Garlands and wreaths adorned Renaissance Europe, especially in Italy.

3. Floriography: Victorian Era and Beyond

  • Victorian Era: Floriography, or the cryptologic communication through flowers, blossomed. Each flower conveyed specific sentiments and messages.
  • European Periods: Floral design styles evolved, drawing inspiration from classical Greek, Byzantine, and Roman art. The Renaissance period marked a boom in floral creativity.

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