Zardozi Embroidered UK Themed Ornaments
These unique Christmas decorations are made using the traditional method of zardozi embroidery.
Zari (meaning gold) embroidery originated in Persia and reached India in the 12th century.
It is a highly skilled embroidery technique that traditionally used gold wires and jewels to embellish courtly robes.
Here those same techniques are used to great effect in producing fine Christmas ornaments.
There are a limited number of such skilled artisans today who can create these challenging pieces.
One of the most popular stories about the origin of these colorful painted doors in Dublin involves Irish writers and neighbors George Moore and Oliver St. John Gogarty. Legend has it that Gogarty would come home drunk and often knock on Moore's door. To help Gogarty avoid this mistake, Moore painted his door green. Gogarty escalated by painting his door red and the colourful doors of Dublin trend was born. This ornament captures their visual joy.
Small ornament is @ 2.5 inches wide 3 3/4 inches high
The Radcliffe Camera (colloquially known as the 'Rad Cam' or 'The Camera'; from Latin camera, meaning 'room') is a building of Oxford University, England, designed by James Gibbs in neo-classical style and built in 1737-49 to house the Radcliffe Science Library.
Superman had best avoid London as so many of these are gone and replaced with a far less private enclosure.
I found one still in use by Paddington station as the city in its wisdom realized that tourists expect to see them and so they updated the insides but kept the original cast iron box.
The phrase Mind The Gap was introduced on the London Underground in 1969 and has been synonymous with The Tube ever since. A fun reminder of London for your tree. Each ornament measures @ 3 x3 1/2 inches wide and is decorated on one side.
The White Tower is the central tower at the Tower of London. This great central keep was started by William the Conqueror in 1078 who ordered the White Tower to be built on the River Thames.
Ornament is 3 3/4 inches high
The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, North Yorkshire, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. Amazingly it opened in 637 AD Ornament is @ 4.75 inches high