Chandeliers made their first appearance in the 14th century and were solely made of wood. The name itself is derived from the French word chandelle referring to a light fixture with branch supports hanging from a ceiling. Early chandeliers were formed from two beams in the shape of a cross with spikes embedded to hold each candle. This light source was commonly found in monasteries and wealthy castles. Candles were quite expensive and often rationed until the black of night. Only the rich could afford such a luxury. To maximize the effect of lighting, chandeliers were often placed near mirrors to increase the reflection. Shiny furnishings from this era have been discovered that were also utilized for this purpose.
Wrought Iron Chandeliers
Wrought iron chandelier design options are nearly limitless, and the affordability and durability of wrought iron chandeliers makes them the perfect choice for adding layers of light to eclectic design trends.
Chandeliers used to be consigned to floating above dining room tables or to brightening big foyers. But no more. The queen of light fixtures has been set free to adorn and emblazon every room of the house. Edgy designers have even introduced chandeliers to the bathroom.