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Monday, April 23, 2012

Everything's Coming Up Roses

I love romance and though it may be a little cliche, to me, nothing says romance better than red roses.  I am getting ready to redecorate my bedroom and I fell in love with red rose pieces all over again. It is amazing how a rose here or there can change the feeling of a room. But what makes the red rose so sexy......why are they so intoxicating to the senses?  Well, as I have an inquiring mind, I did a little digging.  This is what I found.

The Red Rose not only carries more meaning than many other color roses, it is also one of the most universal of all symbols. The long history of the red rose makes it very significant. From being represented in countless works of Art to classical paintings, poetry, music and media the rose has endured. Not only throughout history but across many cultures and religions as well. The mystique of the red rose has been a source of immeasurable inspiration for many throughout the ages. However, it is as the symbol for love that the red rose is most commonly recognized.

The modern red rose we are now familiar with was introduced to Europe from China in the 1800's. The meanings associated with them however, can be traced back many centuries, even to some of the earliest societies.  In Greek and Roman mythology the red rose was closely tied to the goddess of love. Many early cultures used red roses to decorate marriage ceremonies and they were often a part of traditional wedding attire. Through this practice, the red rose became known as a symbol for love and fidelity. As the tradition of exchanging roses and other flowers as gifts of affection came into prevalence, the red rose naturally became the flower of choice for sending the strongest message of love. This is a tradition that has endured to the present day.

Now, who am I to mess with that.......I just can't wait to add some of these beautiful flowers to my decor.  Long live the rose!

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Meanqueen said...

One of my favourite songs is The Rose, sung by Bette Middler.

Alicia said...

I love roses as well. They are BEYOND classic and romantic! Can't wait to see the pics after you redecorate your bedroom.

Laura said...

My grandma has lovely rose bushes. I do here gardening and always end up all scratched up by there big nasty thorns and man do they ever sting. I guess it's worth it for the lovely flowers they have, I know my grandma loves them.
I'm looking forward to pics of the bedroom redo I bet it will be beautiful. Can't go wrong with romantic roses in the bedroom.

Lindsay said...

Roses are the best. :) I love the wreath!

Carmen Esposito said...

I'm not the romantic type and don't even care if the flower bouquet contains roses, but after your research now I want roses. At least one, given to me by an admirer - a really cute admirer, of course. ;o)

Jessica said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! New Day Prints is one of my fave Etsy shops!