7 June, 23:45

Embroidery on the covers of old books

Embroidery on the covers of old books
In the history of book printing, there are many ways to design covers that turn books not only into information carriers, but also into works of art. One of the most exquisite and rare ways is to decorate covers with embroidery.

The use of embroidery to decorate books has been known since the Middle Ages. In those days, books were rare and valuable items, often created to order and intended for nobles or church leaders. The embroidery on the covers of such books was done by hand and was an indicator of wealth and status.
Most often, embroidery was used to decorate the covers of religious books. This was explained by the desire to emphasize the sacredness and importance of the contents of the book, as well as to create a reverent atmosphere during its use.

Various techniques and materials were used to embroider book covers. Silk, velvet and leather, precious metals and stones added shine and luxury. The most common embroidery techniques were satin stitch and gold embroidery, which made it possible to create both simple ornaments and complex plot compositions.
The subject lines and designs used on embroidered book covers included religious scenes, coats of arms and owner's monograms, and various floral and geometric designs. Each element of embroidery often carried certain symbolism.
Embroidered covers not only decorate books, but also serve as important historical artifacts that reflect the cultural and social realities of their time.

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