A Short History of Candles & Candle Art through the Ages. Part 1
While old and in many ways obsolescent when compared with modern electric lighting, candles are without a doubt one of the most atmospheric forms of lighting that there is anywhere in the world. This is why luxury candles and decorative candles are often considered a necessity when it comes to truly inspiring 21st Century interior home design. The only question is who invented the candle? Moreover, what can candle history itself teach us about the art of making the perfect candle for your home?
Candle Art throughout the Ages
https://decorativecandleartshop.com/When it comes to the origin and history of candles, no one is quite sure who can be credited with the invention of candles themselves. What is certain, however, is that purely functional candles, decorative candles, and spiritual candles, have been used for over 5,000 years everywhere from Pharaonic Egypt to Roman Europe and the Far East.
Believed to have evolved from ancient Egyptian rush lights, (cores of reeds soaked in melted animal fat), rush lights used in ancient Egypt weren’t true candles, simply due to the fact that rush lights didn’t utilize a central wick like the decorative candles which we know today. What archeologists do know, however, is that true candles comprised of a central wick surrounded by beeswax were in use in ancient Egypt from around 3,000 BC onwards.
Roman Candles and Candle Art throughout the Middle Ages
With Egyptian candle designs later improved upon by the Romans in 500 BC, it is the Romans themselves who we can credit with the first forms of truly decorative candles. This is because, for the most part, Roman buildings were most commonly illuminated using longer lasting oil lamps. The Romans, however, were the first to start gifting candles to friends and loved ones, particularly during the Roman festival of Saturnalia which was held on the 17th of December each year. In fact, it is safe to assume that the zodiac candles and Christmas candles which we gift today can be credited to the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, as well as other festivals on the Roman Julian calendar.