The pineapple has long been considered a symbol of welcome and hospitality. The concept of hospitality – a warmth, charm and style with which guests are taken into the home, was a central element of the early American society’s daily emotional life. The colonies were a land of small towns and settlements, where homes served as the hubs of most community activity. Visiting was the primary means of entertainment, cultural interaction, and news circulation. If you are looking for a decorative motif that whispers “island hospitality,” then look no further than Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.
At Sturbridge we are proud to have such a wide variety of pineapple themed decor, so that you too can have an inviting reception to your home. This decorative fruit symbolizes a centuries-old tradition of elegance and gracious generosity. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home; in order to let the community know of their safe return home, as well as invite friends to visit and share in their good stories and fortunes.
Pictured here to the left is our new Pineapple Table Runner. Easily create a pineapple themed kitchen or dining area with this beautifully crafted, black wool felt runner. Featuring golden pineapples, detailed with embroidery and green leaves, the pineapples are primitive in nature as they resemble handmade textile patterns of yesteryear. Add our Pineapple Tabletop Votive to the table as well, for a tropical inspired centerpiece.
Speaking of the tropical pineapple, pineapple cultivation first began in Hawaii around the late 19th century. This is when and where the pineapple industry first began to really grow and export throughout the world. However, the pineapple actually originated in South America, and much to popular belief is not the official state fruit of Hawaii.
Boasting a true island flare, is none other than our Pineapple Night Light, shown here to the left. Crafted of bonded marble that has been hand painted, it’s a functional accent that brings warm lighting to a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom of your home. You might also consider our Colonial Pineapple Finial to add the pineapple decorating motif to any table or floor lamp.
While fruits in general (fresh, dried, candied, and jellied) were the major attractions of the colonial community’s appetite and dining practices, the pineapple was the true celebrity. Its rarity, expense, reputation and striking visual attractiveness made it the ultimate exotic fruit. It was the pineapple that came to literally crown the most important feasts; often held aloft on special pedestals as the pinnacle of the table’s central food mound. In this manner, the fruit which was the visual keystone of the feast, naturally came to symbolize the high spirits of the social events themselves. Celebrate the hospitable nature of this fruit in your home by using it to decorate any room.
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