Acanthus leaves appears extensively in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and till today the acanthus leaf still finds its place in beautiful blacksmith work. Why is the acanthus leaf so popular with the old architectural elements? The leaves from this plant seam to flow and ‘grow’ on all parts of Roman and Greek architecture, pottery, jars & vases, fountains, planters and temple pillars and balusters.
Well, the acanthus plant is a Mediterranean plant with large jagged and spiny leaves. It was used to in China, India, Southeast Asia and of course in the Mediterranean area for medical use. This plant will thrive in salty soil and therefore its leaves are salty and oily. The salt in the leaves draw moisture out of the air and were used to do exactly that to help keep food dry for example rice. The plant was also used for skin ailments, parasitic skin diseases and fungal and bacterial infections and burns. It was in general used as a natural antibiotic.
No wonder that such an amazing plant was and still is celebrated on architectural and blacksmith elements, vases, fountains and more.
We at the Artistry Forge use the leaves in some of our art in brass creations. We perfected our acanthus leaves; and our baroque style, railings and gates are decorated with these fine ornaments. Our craftsmen are still using traditional techniques in forging these detailed acanthus leaves. All our acanthus leaves are forged in fire and shape by hand to perfection. All hand made and master crafted by blacksmith’s that still know the old traditions of forging. That makes us so special in our work and creations. Delicacy and perfection in brass forging the acanthus leaves on combine them with brass masterpieces to enhance your home and create the feeling and appearance of luxury and elegance.