African Mirrors(70 items)
Welcome to the African 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 African Mirrors
Visions, Culture, History
Beautiful piece of functional art. It is displayed in my entry hall, with African artifacts I have collected over the years, and never fails to elicit comments from people entering my home. I love that it doesnt really look too new, so it fits in with the theme of older items. Too, the size is perfect.
I love Round Adinkra mirror handcrafted by Rita Addo Zakour. It makes the space in which it is hanging look and feel warm and inviting. The mirror looks just as it appears in Novica?s product photo. I appreciated how carefully and protectively it was packed for shipping from Ghana to the USA. The mirror arrived within the time frame given. I?m quite satisfied.
Rita Addo Zakour Wood carvings and beaded jewelry
"I do my designing with African concepts in mind."
"Since I began working with you, I've become a proud artisan. You have helped me grow and improve my designs and their quality. My design skills have evolved and I'm able to bring most of my ideas to life.
"It wasn't easy at the beginning. I might have a great idea... read more
Popular African Mirrors
Contemporary Wood and Aluminum Mirror, "African Princess"$279.99
Shaped of African sese wood, this handsome mirror is adorned with aluminum repoussé. Rita Addo Zakour designs a beautiful decporative accessory with Ghanaian flair. "This would be perfect for a royal home," she says. "I want anyone who uses it to feel like royalty."
Cotton and Sese Wood Mirror in Violet and Indigo from Ghana, "Violet Destiny"$157.99
Cotton with mesmerizing circle motifs in violet, indigo, and russet covers the sese wood frame of this rectangular wall mirror, making a striking addition to any home. Ghana's Rita Addo Zakour designs the mirror, inspired by the concept of destiny.
Handcrafted Wood Heart-Shaped Wall Mirror from Ghana, "Contours of Love"$99.99
Winfred Korley hand-carves this mirror from Ghanaian sese wood in the shape of a heart. He elaborates it with etched heart and line motifs, giving it an antiqued finish in dark red and black. Possessing a loving vibe, this mirror makes a wonderful addition to any home.