On our recent trip to Europe, I was fascinated by all the patterns in the architecture. They were absolutely everywhere.
For example, here in the cathedral in Seville – from the floor, to the wooden doors, to the stone around the doors – everything is full of beautiful designs. (Not to mention the fact that that box contains Christopher Columbus’s remains)
This floor can also be found in that cathedral. Maybe a new take on a drunkard’s path? Or shall I say an old take on a drunkard’s path?
Here is one of the rooms within that cathedral. Again, look at all the cool patterns. I love that starburst type design on the far wall.
and these designs above the benches along the left wall
and this beautiful floor.
This cool design was on one of the sidewalks in Seville
These intricate tile patterns were on the floors in the Vatican museum.
Each room that we went into had a different pattern.
The ceiling designs in St. Peter’s cathedral were just stunning too-
Check out the design carved into the fabric on this statue (Also found in St. Peter’s)
Here’s a close-up. This workmanship is just unbelievable to me. I wonder how long it took this person to do this?
These cool designs can be found on the front of the cathedral in Barcelona
These are the front doors. Another possible quilt pattern?
These next two shots are taken at the Leaning Tower of Pisa – Again, more quilty looking designs.
More beautiful designs can be found on the church in Florence. Again, I love that starburst design
and the little pink and green flowers running along the sides.
I think my favorite designs can be found at the Alhambra in Grenada (Spain). This was a castle built by the Moors, who ruled Spain during this time.
I think the Moors were quilting with stone, not fabric. The next pictures will show why –
No plain sidewalks there! Just look at these beautiful patterns, enticing you to follow along to the next intersection,
Where you can see designs like this:
One of the gifts shops had this show-stopper on the floor.
I wish I had more pictures to show you, but we didn’t get into all the areas of the Alhambra. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, it was sold out for the day. So check out this link to see more of what I’m talking about. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
All of these patterns got me thinking – If this is what the men (masons, tile layers, builders, etc) were doing, what were the women of that time doing? Were they also incorporating intricate designs into their work? Maybe their gardens, embroidery, or possibly quilting? Seeing all of these things made me want to know more about the history of these designs. It also made me want to learn more about this obsession of mine – and not just the history of quilting in the States, but in areas like Spain and Italy. It was so hot while we were there, that I can’t even imagine quilting, so maybe they never even did quilting. So this leads me all to ask a question of you – Do any of you have any recommendations for some good sources for me to read up on some of this history? I think that it would be fascinating to learn about. . .