The Fleur-de-lis is a device consisting of three flowers, usually arranged in a triangle. In French, the word "fleur-de-lis" means "lily" or "lily flower" and the crescent shape represents the waxing and waning of the moon. However, it is sometimes considered not a lily, but a wild iris, hence my choice of purple and gold in the blackwork designs below.
There are several different meanings for the symbol. It has religious connotations for Roman Catholics with it being used to represent the Virgin Mary, with the three petals referring to the Holy Trinity and the encircling band signifying her purity.
It is also found on many European flags, heraldic emblems and coats of arms. The latter began to be used in embroidered form shortly after the Crusades began in the mid-11th century. It was a way for nobles and wealthy people to recognize one another in combat.
The symbol was chosen as a military decoration by the Knights Templar. It has also been adopted as the symbol of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana and many cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
You may have also seen pointed fleur-de-lis decorations on top of walls or fence posts to deter intruders from entering. Wall tiles often feature the motif, as do friezes. I decided to depict the symbol creatively in different forms, using the patterns and textures of blackwork to their advantage.
If your room has fleur-de-lis wallpaper, then one of these blackwork designs framed and hung, can really complement it.
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