A beautiful and arresting design of two confronted peacocks that abounds with ancient symbols of death, life, and resurrection: cypress trees and urns represented death in the antiquity whereas peacocks symbolized immortality and resurrection. The vibrant carnation and tulip border denote life and the eight-pointed stars in the peacock’s tails signify the “eighth day” which was a symbol of resurrection in Byzantium.
Inspired by an embroidered border from a 19th century bed linen in the Ionian islands that is now housed in the Benaki Museum in Athens, this modern adaptation preserves the original bold colorway of bright blue, terra cotta red, and olive green. Lovely as a framed textile or pillow cover.
Finished size (exclusive of hem): 10-1/4 x 17 inches
Stitch count: 133 x 217