Antique maps are a living piece of history that attracts family members, friends and guests to talk and discover.
Decorating your home is about creating a space that is pleasant to the eye, and that says something personal about you, the decorator. But more than that, homes are places where memories are formed. Antique maps, by virtue of the history contained in them, make the perfect symbols of remembrance and nostalgia fit for a home in which memories will be created.
When choosing Antique Maps for your home decor considers the following ideas.
Genuine Antique Maps or prints can add another layer to the theme (traditional, rustic, country, Tuscan, Aegean) you’ve chosen for your home. If you’ve filled your rooms with Old-World furniture reminiscent of the eighteenth-century then a unique world map dating back to the 1700′s is the perfect addition.
Antique maps can add to a person’s knowledge of their current residential district or state. For a New York apartment, Matthew Dripps’s 1880 pocket map of the city is remarkable for its detail. Place it in a bright room or have it well lit so that you and your guests can locate hotels, churches, theaters, railroads and much more.
If you’re an avid traveler with a dream of traveling around the coastline of Australia, then Aaron Arrowsmith’s 1820 map of “New Holland” (as it was known back then) is the perfect addition to your study or home office. You can study the coastline as it appeared to cartographers of the era and keep your travel dream alive.
Antique maps are records of how places have changed over time and are symbolic of how our homes change over time (children grow up and leave; new rooms are added or joined). Antique Maps are the ideal addition to a home and, if chosen well, soon become part of your family’s own history.