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 Much how ABBA dominated the European charts in the 70s, Macramé commanded the interior design and fashion world. Nearly 40 years later and the art form has regained its popularity (more successfully than what the second Mamma Mia movie did for ABBA in 2018). Macramé is a crafting technique that has been used for thousands of years and a method that people will continue to use for years to come due to its decorative appeal and practicality. The method uses knots to create hand-knotted tapestries, plant hangers, table runners and a wide range of other accessories.

The ancient roots of Macramé are particularly interesting. It's quite difficult to know for sure when the first Macramé was ever made. Still, it is generally believed to have originated in the 13th century from Arabic weavers (although China also used decorative knot-tying on ceremonial textiles and wall hangings in the third century). The Arabic weavers would make handwoven textiles and finish by adding decorative knot-tying to the excess thread. This was mostly used to create decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls and veils.

The word Macramé is Spanish, but it is derived from the Arabic word bicmigramah (مقرمة), meaning "ornamental fringe". Post the Moorish conquest, the craft slowly spread throughout Europe. It was first taken to Spain, then passed onto Italy and took Europe by storm after that. In the late 17th century it was introduced to England and became prevalent in the Victorian era. A book called Sylvia's Book of Macramé Lace (1882) was popular amongst British readers. It showed how to make costumes to wear at home or at parties/balls and household items such as tablecloths, bedspreads and curtains. Some historians even believe that Queen Mary taught her ladies-in-waiting the art of Macramé!

Surprisingly, we have sailors to thank for our beautiful tablecloths, draperies, plant hangers and the plethora of other Macramé furnishings. Sailors were a massive part of ensuring the art of Macramé travelled to new lands. Knots were practical on ships, but the decorative knot-tying kept them busy and distracted on long journeys. They also sold everything they made at port. The crafting technique of Macramé then began spreading to places like China and the New World.

As a trend, Macramé has fallen in and out of fashion since Arabic weavers first began the decorative knot-tying in the 13th century. It made a massive comeback in the 70s with demand for Macramé home wall hangings, bedspreads, clothing and more increasing. Then lost its popularity again by the early 80s. Now in 2020, Macramé has quickly become popular again. This time in the form of jewellery, such as necklaces, hats, belts and anklets but also home decor - plant holders, rugs, hammocks you name it.

For a touch of Macramé in your home, shop our perfect plant hanger design to show off your lovely plants. This beautiful piece is great for indoor and outdoor use:

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