Explore NOVICA's Mirrors Collection. Discover unique traditional and contemporary designs created by global artisans. From simple carved wood frames to beautifully handpainted statement pieces, you will find the perfect mirror to define or accent any space.
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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.
Flower motifs are popular almost everywhere. Balinese mirrors often depict the fragrant plumeria flower that thrives there. West Africas handcrafted mirrors may feature sheets of aluminum and brass repousse, or some of the region's more than 500 traditional adinkra symbols. These are visual icons that convey conventional wisdom or proverbs.For their handcrafted mirrors, Brazilian artisans enjoy working with glass mosaic, inspired perhaps by the iconic beach walk at Ipanema. Indias intricate embossed brass mirror frames evoke the splendor of Mughal palaces. Central Americas hand-carved mirrors recall colonial elegance. And some of their newer handcrafted mirrors include Guatemalas famous worry dolls. Legend tells how the Maya sun god gave Princess Ixmucan the gift of solving people's problems. People started making dolls in Ixmucan's honor and telling her their problems. Then they place the doll under their pillow, hoping she will find a solution during the night.
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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 is a gorgeous piece!
What a lovely, trendy and fun mirror to have! I m grateful to the artist, who clearly put a lot of thought, time and care into designing this. Very happy! Thank you!
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."
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.
Fair Trade Art Javanese Hand Mirror Floral Batik on Wood, "Java Beauty"$34.99
Proud of Java's batik legacy, Gunadi presents this lovely handcrafted mirror. Experienced artisans translate traditional batik techniques unto the wadang wood, creating a lush array of red flowers - similar to hibiscus - on the brown back. Sweet beige daisies and tight geometric motifs accompany the oval hand mirror on the front.
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.
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.
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