Decoration of woven articles - symbolisms
Characteristic is the decoration of the berntes used as curtains and are made of three panels. It is adorned with a type of arch on its central panel that reminds one of a niche (mihrab), as the berntes has its origin in Turkey. The arch symbolically separates the sky from the earth.
Other favourite themes are plants. Indicatively we cite the cypress tree that is referred to as tree of life, the apple a symbol of prosperity, flowers, leafs etc. Geometric adornments are the comb patterns, triangular patterns (thorns), acute vertical triangles called prionia, upturned triangles (flowerpots or elenia), and a chain design.
A symbolic theme is the so called key, a sigmoid pattern, because according to one version it refers to the key of Constantinople and according to another version it reminds one of the large keys had for homes, while finally it is the symbol of bonding and the union of souls.
In woven articles associated with the rite of marriage represented are equestrian figures that are the bride and the groom, flowers, branches. Characteristic is the berntes given by the mother in law to the newlyweds.
Crosses and snakes on aprons ward off evil for the one wearing it. Other animals such as sheep are encountered in woven articles but never on bouraxopodies (tzakopodies).
The simplest décor is the striped. There are also undecorated woven articles for simpler daily needs.
There are infinite variations of the basic adornments, and infinite names for the same theme. The decorative patterns just as the shapes and the techniques used did not evolve rapidly. To be accurate everything passed on from one generation to the next was only slightly modified.