Wrought iron has a long history dating to Roman times. Tunis, the northernmost point of Africa, is known for its decorative wrought iron window grates, fences and doors. The designs are Moorish or Andalusian, with extensive scroll-work and decorative motifs. The blue color of many of these forged metal grills immediately catches the eye and in traditional Tunis, is thought to be protection from evil spirits. Made to fit windows, serve as garden gates or doors, iron window grills have traditionally provided air vents for kitchens and bathrooms. Their interlacing metal designs contrast starkly with the whitewashed façades of many private houses. They are designed for practical purposes and to preserve the intimacy of the people, yet their artistry embellishes homes with their unusual beauty. These re-purposed pieces from Tunisia can be beautifully incorporated in many garden designs as trellises, garden borders and even as garden sculptures.
French wrought iron rails, metal and wood doors and fencing also become useful, artful additions in a garden setting. What could be more beautiful and inviting than an old French wooden door with wrought iron embellishment used as a unique garden gate to welcome visitors into a secret garden?
At Eye of the Day, our many wrought iron gates, painted iron window grates and fences play hide and seek throughout the garden center, awaiting imagination to place them in your inimitable garden.