Obelisks are definitely having a moment. Actually, the stately towers have been in fine style since the early Egyptians used them to add stature to their temples and to celebrate and honor the lives of their pharaohs. The writings on these obelisks tell us a great deal about the ancient Egyptian civilization.
Today, the obelisk is a favorite accent among interior designers for their multi-dimensional appeal and classic shape. They can be found in almost any material, from stone to wood, lucite, porcelain, glass, and more. Their simplicity makes them perfect for an artist’s unique interpretation, and whatever style, they instantly add elegance and personality to a space. Designer David Hicks is famous for including obelisks almost obsessively in his famous tablescapes.
We’ve rounded up a few examples of how obelisks can be used in home décor. Are you inspired?
This handsome obelisk perfectly balances the lovely orchid and adds a geometric touch to this sophisticated bar. On a side note . . . check out that gorgeous Hermes scarf framed and used as artwork. So wonderful!
The translucence of these amazing rock crystal obelisks allow light and color to shine right through them producing an ethereal, almost magical quality.
Designer Oliver Furth groups wooden and brass obelisks on a wooden and brass table in this eclectic arrangement.
A multitude of ornate obelisks stand sentry in this formal garden, adding height and elegance to this beautiful outdoor space.
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Standing more than 6 feet tall, this obelisk would make a dramatic statement in your home or at your entry. 74"H X 15"W; Antique mirror and Corbeau finish
Fast Facts About Obelisks
1. Traditional obelisks are tall stone columns with four sloping sides and a pointed top.
2. The word "obelisk" as used in English today is of Greek rather than Egyptian origin because Herodutus, the Greek traveller, was one of the first classical writers to describe the objects. It is derived from the word “obelos” which means a spit or pointed object.
3. Rome is the obelisk capital of the world, but Washington D.C. boasts one of the most famous obelisks of all, the Washington Monument!
4. Obelisks are also referred to as “pointed nails.”
5. Typically, Egyptian obelisks were made of red granite.