At any given moment in the design world, there are numerous motifs (decorative elements) in use.

Examples might be the parasol depicted in chinoiserie designs, the bee utilized in Napoleonic times or the tudor rose carved into 16th century English woodwork.

One motif we’re seeing a lot more of lately is brightly plumed birds. Many of these bright beauties display yellows, greens, reds and blues and are found on fabrics and wallpapers and in paintings.

The most popular recently has been the peacock. This beautiful blue and green bird is represented not only in art and statuary; its image also adorns lamps, has been woven into rugs and embroidered onto pillows.  More…