The Greek Key was the most important symbol in the eyes of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The pattern, also known as the Greek Fret, consists of interlocking spirals with right angles and represents unity and infinity. The design was traditionally referred to as a Meander, or Meandros, after the twisting and turning geography of the Maeander River in Asia Minor.
Whether as individual spirals or a labyrinth-like decorative border, Greek Key designs have been found to decorate nearly every piece of art and architecture from the ancient classical period onward. And even after thousands of years, it has continued to endure as a timeless design element to honor the classical and neoclassical eras.
The Gabby designers paid tribute to this significant symbol of history and progress in a few of our pieces. Whether you are looking for a unique element to liven up a living room, bedroom, or hallway, these pieces could be just what your interiors need in order to show off your distinct style and tastes.
The Maximus Greek Key End Table offers a vintage appeal with its antiqued mirror top and antiqued-gold finished base. All four faces of the base finish with the symbolic pattern at each corner. This creates a stunning effect from any and all perspectives. It’s a wonderful piece for adding an eclectic feel to any decorative scheme, while bringing in a touch of classical history.
A truly unique and eye-catching piece, the George Lamp is sure to draw attention to a console or side table that might otherwise be overlooked. The iron base is defined by the Greek Key motif that creates a striking effect with its geometry and symmetry. The tailored linen lampshade is ornamented with gold piping that adds a hint of sparkle while connecting it to the vintage theme.
The combination and contrast of the linen, iron, and gold once again prove to be a fantastic success in the design of this light fixture. Incorporating the symbol in a more subtle way, the Cleo Floor Lamp features a twining iron pole that comes to a simple base consisting of three Greek Key-shaped feet. Vintage with a modern twist, this lamp is topped with a linen shade with thin gold trimming.
Can the Greek Key be found somewhere in your home? If not, what piece would you like to incorporate to take advantage of this sophisticated and historically significant pattern?
Browse our online catalog to find more inspiring pieces to create a custom layered look – be it contemporary, modern, or transitional furniture you’re interested in. From our furniture to our accessories and decor, you are sure to find high-quality design that is just as stylish as it is functional.