Friday, September 11, 2009

Brussels, Belgium

this nice card comes thanks to Thomas.

at first glance, i thought that huge rectangle thing was stained glass...and i was wondering, how is it possible not to break it when its placed in the middle of a square where frequency is so high...turns out my imagination goes in a different direction and that this has nothing to do with stained glass  but that, the rectangle thing is actually a flower carpet on the Market Place.
Officially, the first Floral Carpet as its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but, in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders. he had been experimenting since the early 50's making simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias. He very quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias which he had always worked with, both technically, economically and aesthetically.

After years of attempts and calculations, this architect, who was inventive and imaginative, and knew how to make the most of the numerous resources of begonias, became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs.
His fame spread and he was asked to make carpets not only in Belgium but worldwide. Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent that reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.

However, as E. Stautemas himself says, "Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels".

Well, i havent seen the others, but this one is definitely stunning.

the stamp was issued in April this year and comes from a set of 5 showing the World Heritage of Belgium - Major town houses of the Architect Victor Horta in Brussels.

thanks a lot to Thomas for choosing such an interesting card :)

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