Central American Mirrors(45 items)
Welcome to the Central American Mirror Collection at NOVICA.
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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 Central American Mirrors
I use this for display on the wall or as the base of a centerpiece. SO MANY COMPLIMENTS! My grandmother began my collection of Worry Dolls when I was a very young girl. At that time, the artisans sold their wares at church festivals. There were even some dancing performances by some of those who came to the church to sell their handmade !. Our church sponsored some of the missions, and we eagerly awaited their visits. .
Beautifully made, worthy of its place on my shelf!
When we do house swaps, it really looks as though I am a world traveler. I have decorated an entire shelf with the set of boxes and worry dolls along with this worry doll mirror. Together the mirror and the worry dolls look just beautiful!!! Of course, the mirror would stand alone all by itself!!!!!
Colorful and artistic
I placed this unique mirror with others I have in one of my home walls and it looks amazing. Love it.
Elias Garcia Decor accents with Guatemalan worry dolls
"I work alongside my cherished wife, Jackeline, my faithful companion and my best friend."
I was born in 1989 in San Lorenzo el... read more
Popular Central American Mirrors
Pine Needle And Yarn Hand-Made Framed Mirror From Nicaragua, "Sunburst"
Brighten up any room with this gorgeous mirror by Tamara Pereira. She frames it in thick pine needle ropes and creates a colorful pattern with yarn in bright mustard and crimson tones. A hand-stitched design made with fine threads adds a delicate and very feminine touch. The artisan has fitted the item with a hanging loop for easy installation. The sturdy needles of the Montezuma pine have been used for millennia to craft baskets and other wares by the people of Mexico and Central America. Tamara's background as an architect has helped her bring a breath of freshness into this centuries-old tradition.
Handcrafted Pinewood Sun and Moon Mirror from Guatemala, "Stellar Leaves"$409.99
Stellar leaf motifs are hand-carved of pinewood around the frame of this mirror from Guatemala. Learning his trade from his father, Chico Mendoza diligently crafts this mirror, adding a sun and moon medallion to the top. The wood is given a rustic finish.
Cheerful Orange Floral Wood Wall Mirror, "Flowers of the Field"$49.99
Hoping to bring cheer to homes far and wide with his products, Elias Garcia of Guatemala creates this charming wall mirror. The mirror is made by hand from palo blanco wood and painted with a floral motif on a tangerine background. A zigzag pattern adorns the inside and outside edges of the mirror frame.