Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Alhambra Quatrefoils

Congratulations to the Chic Coles! This is our 100th post!!

I have been wanting to do a post on quatrefoils for a while now. I just love the furniture by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair. She uses the quatrefoil geometric pattern on chairs and on dressers and mirrors. I knew Van Cleef & Aprels made a beautiful necklace with mother of pearl in the Alhambra motif . However, what I did not know is that they make a stunning Charms timepiece watch that actually has a quatrefoil charm attached to it. This watch was designed to attract the beauty of time. This motif was inspired by The Alhambra. It is supposed to offer the wearer luck and happiness. Well, when I read that the watch was designed after the motif found at The Alhambra, I was so excited because I had been wanting to do a post on the beautiful castle!

The Alhambra is located in Granada, Spain. It dates back to 1338-1390. It was the residence of the Moorish kings at the time. The style of the castle is Moorish and it it has a beautiful collection of buildings and gardens. They used geometric patterns in their design work in the castle. The quatrefoils were one of these geometric patters. The Moors were exquisite tile and ceramic artisans. These images are of the beautiful buildings and grounds of the Alhambra. Some day we hope to visit this amazing castle!

The Alhambra at night.
Furniture with the quatrefoil motif. Love the washed blue walls with the white chest and dark wood mirror.
Beautiful room by Suzanne Kasler with her wonderful Quatrefoil chair. The soothing colors in this room are so inviting. Love the large white stripe on the sofa.
Another image of the Suzanne Kasler chairs. The raw silk on the chairs is so beautiful.

Van Cleef & Arpels mother of pearl quatrefoil necklace.

Tiffany quatrefoil key necklace

Oomphs fun side tables in great colors.

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Timepiece watch with a quatrefoil charm designed after an Alhambra geometric motif.

Tiles from the Alhambra.

*Images compliments of House Beautiful, Oomph, Pink wallpaper, Van Cleef & Aprel, Alhambra Castle, tiffany, suzanne Kasler, Hickory Chair


Daniella said...

Aw, what a lovely concept for your blog.
I love the quatrefoil shape!

Deliciously Organized said...

Great post! I would love to get my hands on one of those side tables!

Laura Trevey said...

LOVE the key necklaces!!
They are so "in" this year!

xo Laura

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I love the quatrefoil shape too. Great post and congrats on 100!

pink-to-green said...

Congrats! Looking forward to the next 100!!

Sweet Nothings said...

i love them! i have the van cleep necklace in orange and its to die for. but so are those side tables

congrats on the first 100!!

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

Fantastic post! The Kasler chairs are to die for gorgeous!

Matters of Style said...

Congrats on your 100th post! We had ours recently but of course forgot to mention it on the blog. I am just loving those Oomph side tables lately! The fact you can choose different patterns for the top makes them so fun!

LindsB said...

Congrats on your 100th post, how exciting!!

I love love loved the The Alhambra, it was one of my favorite places when I lived in Spain- it is so beautiful there!!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

what fun patterns

Style Redux 2 said...

The Suzanne Kasler chair is so gorgeous-destined to become a classic.

Emily said...

LOVE everything about this! I studied in Granada and it's quite an amazing place to be! The Alhambra is absolutely breathtaking. Brings back great memories and I love how you related back to design.

jassim said...

nice pictures from the alhambra

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