21 Jul Knot Just Art

One of Ireland’s chief exports (apart from zinc, ore, and Guinness) is artwork. Hugely popular all over the world, the colors, craftsmanship, and patterns integral to Celtic culture can be found reproduced on everything from t-shirts to jewelry. One of the most integral and recognizable elements is Celtic knot work, but do you actually know the meaning behind the knots? Before you get that cool-looking tattoo, better check our basic guide to Celtic knots first. 5) Tree of Life Knot [caption id="attachment_919" align="aligncenter" width="500"] I want to plant a few of these in my yard.[/caption] http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41pcpSZj3nL.jpg Just like the Shel Silverstein book about a similar deciduous character, the Tree of Life is all nourishing, all giving, and a symbol of how life continues despite it all. With strong roots to anchor it, and branches reaching out to all, this knot is the perfect design to remind us of how we’re all connected. 4) Sailor’s Knot [caption id="attachment_920" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Who knew sailors could make such cute bracelets?[/caption] http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=76841387 Also commonly known as a Lover’s Knot, designs of this type always feature 2 separate threads intertwined until it’s impossible to figure out how to tear them apart. So why are there two different names for the same style of knot? Historically, sailors would present their sweethearts with knots or symbols of this sort before leaving on long voyages. So romantic! 3) Shield Knot [caption id="attachment_921" align="aligncenter" width="674"] This letter is signed, sealed, and SHIELDED.[/caption] http://images3.sw-cdn.net/model/picture/674x501_297970_135607_1338413387.jpg One of the most ancient designs, this four-cornered...

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