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Spring Design Trend: Scarab Beetles

Entomology in decor has always been a popular subject for prints. Bringing the beauty of the outdoors in is not limited only to flora. The most attractive colours and textures are inspired by nature and the shiny hard shells and striking hues of insects are certainly some of the most beautiful, if feared, in the natural world.

Ancient Egyptians saw the scarab as a symbol of eternity. The scarab’s seemingly supernatural ability to recreate itself from nothing led people to believe that a scarab represented immortality, death, rebirth and longevity. Wearing scarab jewelry is meant to give the wearer a long and healthy life. I’m always looking for cool objects. Recently a colleague gave me a porcelain and metal scarab. I placed it on a stack of books in my office and my gaze is drawn to it constantly throughout the day. Now knowing what the scarab represents, I find that this ancient symbol is continually catching my eye – in decor, fashion and art. You might think of insects as something you are trying to keep out of your home, but take a look around. In the right context – not in your shower or kitchen (!) – insects are entirely fascinating and beautiful to behold for their metallic sheen, sharp symmetry and ability, in spite of their small stature, to be held in such high esteem within the natural kingdom.

– Anne

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