"Bouquet Lips" Canvas Art by IKONICK.
You can say a lot with flowers.
Giving someone a bouquet can be a plea for forgiveness, a sign of love, a gesture of condolences, a wish for good health, or simply a way to brighten up a room. But in Victorian England, flowers meant much more.
Botany was a growing trend among the wealthy aristocracy. As knowledge of plants increased, comparisons were drawn between their reproductive habits and our own, further instilling flowers' symbolism of love and passion. It became common practice for gentlemen to give women they fancied "Talking Bouquets" as a sign of affection.
But it went beyond the flower-giving of today. There was an entire code associated with the act. A lily represented the purity of heart, a red rose symbolized intense desire, a daffodil meant unrequited love, and so on. Every flower had a specific meaning.
Beyond that, the way the recipients wore their Talking Bouquets contained a message of its own. An accessory called a "nosegay" allowed the flowers to be attached to the woman's dress. It was a way for them to display the gift, while the fragrance helped disguise the odors of a less hygienic era. If she wore the nosegay over her heart, it signaled her love for the giver. However, if she pinned the flowers anywhere else, the bad news: Friendzone.
Presentation is everything. Bouquets may not have the same coded messages anymore, but there's a big difference between displaying them proudly and neglecting them on a dark counter to wilt and die. Beauty needs to be seen.
Art is the same way. What you choose to display matters. It speaks to your own unique tastes. How you decorate your home is a reflection of your personality—don't leave it blank.
"Bouquet Lips" original canvas wall art from the always-growing Lips Collection is your Talking Bouquet. Whether you're giving it as a gift for someone else or getting it to brighten up your own place, this piece looks just as good on its own as it does next to our other Lips canvases. Look at it every morning and let it instill an undying sense of passion in you.