A dining room with hand painted walls and fabric panels in design Pomegranate.
Its the pomegranate that inspires this stylized design, it is believed that the pomegranate is native in South Asia and cultivated since immemorial time in the Caucasus.
Spread by the Phoenicians, Greeks and then by the Arabs, the plant lives in semi-desert areas, the color of its many seeds is a bright red, enclosed in a robust housing, the result was always struck by the human imagination to be a prodigy precious nature.
The pomegranate is for the Jewish the symbol of honesty and fairness, as its fruit contains 613 seeds, and as many pearls are the 613 prescriptions written in the Torah, (365 prohibitions and 248 obligations) observing which you have to keep a certain behavior wise and fair.
The pomegranate is for its many seeds is a symbol of productivity, wealth and fertility.
When you enter a new home in Greece the use is to offer as first gift to the Iconostasis (home altar) of the house a pomegranate as a symbol of abundance, fertility and good fortune.
The pomegranate is also present in Christian religious decoration, especially for clothes and vestments of the priests for religious functions.
Some religious themed paintings by Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, take up the theme of the pomegranate, or some of its fruit – see for example the Madonna of the Pomegranate by Botticelli. In many paintings is a baby Jesus holding a pomegranate. In these cases it is a symbol of passion anticipator. For the color of its juice the pomegranate because the blood draws. In Christian then becomes a symbol of martyrdom. A martyrdom, however fruitful, as the fruit full of seeds.
Decorations on the walls: Alfonso Orombelli, Idarica Gazzoni, Maurizio Ligas.
Pomegranate is a design from the Imperial Collection.