Peonies may be small, but they are a unique flower of China, with a history that dates back thousands of years. Find out more about this flower and its importance in Chinese culture in this month’s blog post.
The Chinese have long been skilled in the arts of dyeing, weaving and embroidery, and there are at least 15 embroidery styles remaining. Read more about it in our latest blog post.
Koi can be seen everywhere these days. From tattoo art and fashion to interior design, these fish call to mind the serenity of the Far East and simple beauty of nature. Koi are ornamental varieties of domesticated carp that are kept in outdoor ponds or water gardens and were originally developed in Ancient Japan for their decorative qualities. Major varieties are distinguished by color, pattern, and size. They are a very common theme for Chinese traditional art, and also carry significant artistic meanings in Asian cultures.
Silk embroidery is an ancient and integral part of China's cultural heritage, and has long been associated with royalty. For centuries, this craft has adorned the vestments and palaces of Chinese emperors and their families to signify their supremacy and set them apart from those they ruled. Here we look at some of the most influential pieces of imperial silk embroidery from China's history, and examine both their influence on imperial culture and Chinese art in general.