Artificial Flowers – it’s been ages!


They’re beautiful, colourful, and cost-effective, but did you know people have been making replica flowers for millennia?  

People have been making artificial flowers for ages. The ancient Egyptians made famous floral wreaths from thin plates of horn stained in different colours, sometimes accompanied by leaves dipped in copper, gilt or silver.  “The Romans excelled in the art of imitating flowers in wax.”  Artificial flowers were also made from paper, wood shavings and lightweight linen. They were used as decorations in festivals, on traditional costumes and in churches.  

Some silk floral arrangements are so well-made, that one can barely tell the difference between artificial and cut flowers. Artificial flowers were mentioned in the Old Testament Book of Kings, when the Queen of Sheba tests Solomon with various riddles to see if he is wise and worthy. In one test, she asks him to distinguish between real and artificial flowers. Solomon observes that bees would only settle on the real flowers, ignoring the artificial ones.  That’s an age-old parable, but modern silk floral arrangements are so well-made that it’s often very difficult for consumers to tell the difference until they touch or smell them!

Ambius Floral Arrangement One


As early as the twelfth century, the Italians began making artificial florals from the cocoons of silkworms, assembling the dyed, velvety blooms and selling them. The French began to rival their European neighbours, and, by the fourteenth century, French silk flowers were the top of the craft.  Making flowers for dress seems to have originated in France and Italy as a home craft, but in the mid to late 1800s, artificial flower making became a commercial industry.   The beautiful looks achieved by some artificial flower makers and the way they transformed the look of an ordinary dress or suit into something beautiful and eye-catching made them must-have items for everyone.

Silk floral arrangements have come a long way. Nowadays, they’re made from durable, fade-resistant materials, sit in a vase of acrylic “water,” and are expertly modelled after native flower species. They look so real, you’ll be sniffing for their perfume before you realise they’re made of silk! Enjoy the bouquets but avoid the expense of weekly flower delivery.

Call Ambius today for a chance to present a welcoming image of your business with silk floral arrangements.

Ambius Floral Arrangement in Situ

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