One of nature’s most sensational show-offs, the peacock seems to be everywhere these days. Its luxuriant colors and striking silhouette symbolize beauty, especially when translated as decorative items for the home. But don’t jump to conclusions; this is no recent trend.
Skipping quickly through history reveals that peacock motifs have been around since ancient times and utilized by a variety of cultures. It’s reported they’re found in early Christian tomb art, as well as ancient Rome, Greece and the Ottoman Empire. The imagery eventually made its way to Western Europe and was embraced by designers like William Morris and a group of English artists known as the Aesthetics. It maintained its popularity into the Art Nouveau movement (think Tiffany and his iridescent Peacock Vase created in the 1890s).