Peruvian Mirrors(280 items)
Discover NOVICA's Peruvian Mirrors Collection. Our handcrafted traditional and contemporary-style mirrors showcase the diversity of Andean artisans. Ranging from hand-tooled leather to reverse-painted glass and intricate gold leaf designs, you will find the perfect mirror to complement any decorating style.
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Different types of mirrors require different cleaning techniques. Gilded mirrors, for example especially vintage pieces may oxidize with the use of cleaning products or water, so it is best to simply and lightly dust their frame with a clean, soft cloth or brush. Most other styles have a frame that can be cleaned with a paper towel or soft, damp cloth. Glass and mirror cleaner is okay for the mirror itself, but we recommend spraying it onto the cloth first and not directly onto the mirror, as dripping chemicals stuck in the frame may cause damage over time. Be sure to dry the mirror when you are finished cleaning by wiping away any leftover moisture or cleaners.A well-ventilated area assists in keeping the mirror dry, and we recommend hanging your mirror in an area where it can be admired without the risk of nicks, wall leaks, or other issues.
Absolutely! Depending on the styles that suit your design needs, our mirrors are versatile, fun, and can be placed in a variety of spaces. You might even want two mirrors on perpendicular walls for greater perspective. Handcrafted mirrors show a natural diversity and uniqueness, so there is truly something for everyone.
There are a few simple ways to tell if your mirror is handmade. If you look closely, youll notice unique lines, markings, or painted stylized details that indicate that it is a one-of-a-kind piece. Mirrors made of wood typically display distinctive and intricate engraving, while painted mirrors often reveal unique brushstrokes, colors, and designs. Shapes and sizes of a particular motif may vary slightly, as no two handcrafted mirrors are exactly identical. This makes them all the more special.
A classic Mexican folk art is embossed tin, and this is often employed in mirror frames. In Thailand, the lavish lai rot nam technique ornate gilded motifs on smooth black lacquer has been used for more than 400 years. Balinese woodcarvers use their legendary skills to handcraft mirrors whose frames often depict the island's exuberant flora and fauna.The technique of reverse-painted glass is believed to have originated around 4 AD in Egypt, and arrived in Italy by the 13th century. In the 16th century, Italian and Spanish artisans were migrating to Peru, bringing the technique with them. Motifs are painted by hand on the reverse side of glass panes. These are inlaid into a wooden frame, achieving a wonderful clarity of colors.In addition, beautiful Peruvian baroque wall mirrors are handcrafted in the Andes. They are carved by hand and covered with aluminum or bronze leaf before they receive an aged patina. See how theyre made here: https://bit.ly/3r3DxTp
As with most handicrafts, the materials at hand are the ones most often used. Woods of all kinds with sleek surfaces to show off the grain, or carved by hand, or embellished with applications. Glass panes, gilt, natural fibers or fabrics are also perfect for mirrors, as are tooled leather or metal repousse, ceramic tiles, stone, resin or papier mache. Artisans the world over discover unique materials to craft innovative and attractive mirrors.
Wall mirrors and hand mirrors are perfect for artisans, as are tabletop mirrors. In fact, any mirror with a frame invites an infinity of creative designs and techniques.
Featured Reviews on Peruvian Mirrors
My Peruvian grandmother had a mirror very similar to this hanging in her entryway for decades. This is such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship that makes my home feel a bit more homey and the colors are gorgeous. Shipping was quick and the piece was carefully wrapped to ensure no damage. Im so glad that I was able to find this instead of having to track down a similar mirror on a trip to Peru!
This beautiful mirror put the finishing touch on our newly remodeled guest bathroom. We have received many compliments from guests. everyone wanted to know where we got it!
gass wall mirror
This is a truly beautiful piece of art with the use of a mirror. I love the golden tone and the painting of the birds and flowers. I am looking for the best place to use it my house----a wonderful problem to have. This was a gift for myself.
Gliseria Soto Reverse painted glass and hand-carved wall mirrors
"My husband and I were blessed eight beautiful children. They are my reason for being, my motivation to go on."
Popular Peruvian Mirrors
Reverse painted glass mirror, "Wine and Blossoms"$164.99
Flowers bloom in fields of beige and burgundy, caressed by golden sunshine. Marcos Luzalde crafts a circular wall mirror of mohena, a fine Peruvian hardwood. Painted by hand on the reverse side of glass, the motifs reveal a beautiful clarity, while applications of bronze leaf add shine.
Antiqued Round Mohena Wood Wall Mirror from Peru, "Peruvian Lily"$174.99
This luminous, two-tone antiqued mirror features a motif inspired by the alstroemeria flower, otherwise known as a Peruvian lily. Artisan Marcos Luzalde embellishes each mohena wood frame with silver paint and bronze leaf.Handcrafted in Peru. Comes ready to hang.
Brown Floral Reverse-Painted Glass Wall Mirror from Peru, "Caramel Colonial Wreath"$39.99
Expert in the Peruvian art of reverse painted glass, Asunta Pelaez creates a wall mirror of antiqued elegance. She hand-paints the mirror frame with floral motifs, creating a weathered illusion accentuated by aged golden and caramel hues.
Hand Made Folk Art Mirror from Peru, "Little Carnaval"$44.99
Alejandro Chávez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition. Varied scenes represent (Little Carnival), a celebration held in the Peruvian Andes. Musicians play traditional instruments, participants re-enact the birth of Jesus, incredible masks hang on the wall, and a couple stands beneath a towering prickly pear cactus. Known as a this traditional diorama is housed in a colorful chest crafted of wood and painted. Chávez carefully models each figure from ceramic plaster and paints them by hand.