The Petrie Museum at University College London houses one of the first known pieces of Egyptian linen--dating from around 3000 B.C. Hand-woven linen provided Egyptian clothing, mummy wrappings and home textiles. Art and artefacts from ancient Egypt--including painting, sculpture, religious symbols, jewellery, furniture and architecture--continue to influence contemporary design. Create an Egyptian-themed bedroom with natural fabrics, colours based on Egyptian art and Egyptian-style accessories.
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Furniture, Upholstery and Pillows
Majestic hand-carved chairs with claw feet resemble ancient Egyptian furniture. A low bed, such as a platform bed, covered in sumptuous pillows and hand-woven textiles, fits the Egyptian theme. A large cedar chest provides storage for linens. Gold, cream, midnight blue, turquoise, coral, deep green and black, used in upholstery, accent scarves and throw pillows, echo the palette of Egyptian painting and jewellery. A hand-carved chaise draped in cream gauze or gold-trimmed translucent fabrics provides a comfortable bedroom lounging area with the feel of an ancient Egyptian bedroom. Textured and natural fabrics such as raw silk, linen, flax and cotton bring to life the feel of ancient textiles.
Bed Canopy and Curtains
Hanging a canopy ring from the ceiling over the bed to drape the bed with sheer or translucent fabric creates a romantic effect. To make a four-poster or sleigh bed work with the Egyptian theme, drape the posts or frame with gauze or sheer fabrics.
For window treatments, natural linen curtain panels over sheer create a light look for an Egyptian-style bedroom. Alternatively, deeply pleated linen drapes mimic the clothing styles of the ancient Egyptians. Colourful silks and silks embroidered with gold offer another curtain option to provide a more colourful look for the bedroom windows. With a spring-rod--an adjustable curtain rod that fits inside a doorway without hardware--it takes only minutes to cover an ordinary bathroom or closet door with exotic fabric for a more sumptuous effect.
The ancient Egyptians used natural materials such as baskets, pottery jars and vessels carved of alabaster and marble as containers for everyday items. Handmade baskets provide an effective option for the laundry hamper and storage containers. A tall basket or handmade pottery vase displaying peacock feathers near the bed adds a splash of colour in the Egyptian theme.
Marble candle holders on the nightstands and carved stone containers for rings and other small items on the dresser fit well. A room screen out of reeds creates camouflage for a television or stereo--if there are electronics in the bedroom.
Reproductions of Egyptian statues of gods and goddesses, placed in key locations, such as on the cedar chest and dresser, provide focal points for the Egyptian theme. Figures of Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the underworld, and Bastet, the cat goddess, work well for this. Isis, often represented with wings, offers an appealing image for an Egyptian bedroom.
Framed reproductions of ancient Egyptian art continue the motif on the walls. Select large wall art. Wall paintings featured prominently in ancient Egyptian decorating. Egyptian art works well as expansive displays, rather than numerous small images.
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