‘Gothic’ these days is a term most likely heard when used in reference to a pasty looking teenager with communication issues but in design circles it has a great legacy. In fact the term ‘Goths’ and ‘Gothic’ are from the same lineage but after getting somewhat confused during the 80’s now mean very different things. Actually Gothic design in architecture and home design also suffered from an identity crisis during the Victorian age when it had a celebrated revival. That revival led to the unique design of some of Britain’s most famous buildings and some popular items of ironmongery seen in country cottages and grand homes today.
First lets look at some popular ironmongery inspired by the Gothic look. While it may not suit many homes the Gothic style thumb latch is the perfect partner to the right door. As well as their own brand, UK Oak Doors supplies the “From the Anvil Collection”; both are made using traditional blacksmiths techniques and so ensuring they are truly authentic.
The design is based on the original designs now hundreds of years old still seen in castles across the land and the technique used to make them means no two are ever the same.
They are available in three different finishes, Beeswax, Traditional Black and Pewter Petina. Part of the charm of choosing these latches is that they can be matched up to the Arrowhead T-Hinges for that real Gothic charm and character.
Predominantly Gothic architecture was seen from the fall of the Roman Empire right up until the renaissance in the fifteenth century. It was particularly seen in churches and cathedrals as these were the main buildings of any towns as the majority of homes were of simpler wooden frame construction though it did influence the large manor houses of the gentry.
However it was the Victorians that revived it somewhat petulantly in a switch against classical styling and common symmetry. The classic example of Gothic revival is the Houses Of Parliament which was rebuilt in 1836. Designed by AWN Pugin it is a triumph of iconic styling and perfect for such an important building but it wasn’t until the latter half of the century that the Gothic revival started to influence interior design in the home.
As with before the renaissance the grand items of furniture and design require a grand setting to make them truly work. Large chandeliers and huge sturdy tables and chairs need big rooms to sit in but some of the Gothic influence filtered down to smaller items like the Gothic thumb latch.
It might be difficult for the average home to include a huge open limestone fireplace but the right doors with the right handles to match is something most rustic home owners can manage and thankfully UK Oak Doors can supply them for you.
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