Sep
27
2009
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Timeless Greek Key Accent

This classic Greek key motif might have its up and down swings in the world of design but it never goes out of style. This geometric figure has managed to embed itself in some of the best designs in the world. And is perhaps the most widely used classical decorative pattern in history.

Despite its name, the Greek key motif is actually not Greek in origin. Variations of this classical pattern are found on ancient Egyptian tombs as well as in Peruvian woven crafts, Chinese architecture and even Aztec sculptures.

In art and architecture the Greek key (which is a modern term) is part of a meander – an important, decorative border constructed from a long and continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. 

The Greek key motif  is common in present-day architecture as a neoclassical element. And right now it is hotter than ever. Here are a few examples:

The lovely Madison chair with Greek key motif from Bradley Huges.

This ebonized wood labyrinth bench is made to order from Stephen Miller Siegel. I have a serious crush on this beauty….

A pair of stunning Swedish Gustavian side tables with carved Greek key decoration from Cote Jardin Antiques.

Round Greek key rug from Jonathan Adler.

14 K gold bangle from Jewel Basket.

A Greek key rug designed by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company.

Even good, old Target is giving Greek key motifs some attention. This hardware is both elegant and decorative.

Classic bedding from William Sonoma Home. The pattern comes in different colors.

Beautiful mosaic Greek key border from Mosaico Italiano.

Eric Cohler’s lovely settee for Lee Jofa.

Alexa Hampton’s beautiful Sonia console table for Hickory chair. A tomorrow’s classic.

Handmade pillow from Inside Avenue.

Lovely velvet and silk pillows from Jayson Home & Garden.

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