Medieval Influence on Arts and Crafts Style

The Arts and Crafts Movement borrowed extensively from other cultures and periods including medieval Europe.

The Victorian Gothic revival movement began in the late 1740s. It started with reproducing medieval Gothic. Neo-Gothic buildings used decorative patterns, finials, lancet windows, moldings and other architectural features from the Gothic style.

House on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Edward Avenue in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada Photo by Julien Duguay - Medieval Influence on Arts and Crafts Style - myDesign42

House on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Edward Avenue in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Photo by Julien Duguay

This house draws on many features of Gothic decoration.

Ian James Cox / Topsham, Gothic Window - Medieval Influence on Arts and Crafts Style - myDesign42

Gothic Window
photo by Ian James Cox / Topsham

This house added a pointed window.

Some buildings were carefully faithful to Gothic construction. Other buildings just added Gothic decoration.

Furniture in the Tretyakov Gallery photo by Shakko - Medieval Influence on Arts and Crafts Style - myDesign42

Furniture in the Tretyakov Gallery
Photo by Shakko

The Gothic Revival style was assimilated into the Arts and Crafts movement. Furniture, wallpaper, textiles, ornaments and lighting incorporated elements of Gothic and Medieval interiors and architecture.

Medieval Influence on Arts and Craft/Lismore Castle Skyline from Bridge across the River Blackwater - s Style - myDesign42

Lismore Castle Skyline from the bridge across the River Blackwater

My Visit to Lismore Castle, Ireland >

Furniture in the Great Hall of Cahir Castle - Medieval Influence on Arts and Crafts Style - myDesign42

Furniture in the Great Hall of Cahir Castle

My Visit to Cahir Castle, Ireland >

Features of Medieval and Gothic that inspired Arts and Crafts designers

  • Pointed arches
  • Carvings
  • Lattice work
  • Heraldic motifs in coats of arms
  • Painted scenes
  • Embroidered
  • Fretwork

Medieval and Gothic Influenced Lighting

Kathy Kuo Home CC-9547 Henrico Crown Gold Leaf 6-Light Chandelier

Kathy Kuo Home CC-9547 Henrico Crown Gold Leaf 6-Light Chandelier

Add a regal touch of traditional lighting to any room with this gold leaf crown chandelier crafted from iron and composite into a royal treat. Distressed leafing effects create an aged mood, perfect for a piece with historical influences.

Metropolitan N6108-20 Crown Chandelier from the Montparnasse Collection

Metropolitan N6108-20 Crown Chandelier from the Montparnasse Collection

Artistic wrought iron formed into a Gothic crown with a hand applied finish in French Black with Gold Leaf highlights. The substantial drip candle sleeves support 60 watt bulbs.

Gothic and Castle Pendants, Chandeliers, Sconces and Wall Brackets >


Meyda Castle Swan Gothic Accent Lamps

Meyda Castle Swan Gothic Accent Lamps

This Gothick accent lamp is a reproduction of lamps from the Gothic revival movement. Representative of the Viollet-le-Duc and Iron Gothic styles of France, this lamp draws from the medieval forms combining with sinuous organic shapes. This lamp brings Gothic tracery to your lighting in a safe, modern table lamp. Every Meyda item is a unique, handcrafted work of art. Hand crafted glass has some variation. No two items are identical.

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