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Battle of Issus Mosaic, circa 100 BC
The Battle of Issus Mosaic is part of a Roman Floor mosaic, which was originally located in the House of the Faun in Pompeii. It was made circa 100 BC and is now preserved in Naples National Archaeological Museum.
This mosaic illustrates a battle between the armies of Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia, ultimately won by Alexander. Both of them can be seen in the mosaic, and Alexander is wearing a breastplate with the head of Medusa, a reference to the mythological monster. It’s thought to be a copy of a Greek painting made four centuries before, as the style of the mosaic is certainly inspired by Greek art. Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius protected the mosaic and it is actually one of the best preserved mosaics ever found in Pompeii.
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The National Archaeological Museum of Naples owns one of the most important collections of ancient Roman remains. Founded in the 18th century, some of its collections were actually started 3 centuries before by Charles III of Bourbon, who wanted to preserve artefacts from Vesuvian towns buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The museum also include works from Greek, Roman and Renaissance times. They have one of the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts outside Egypt, including several mummies.
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our pocket squares are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each scarf its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with a handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.
It’s absolutely the best way to finish a pocket square for a variety of reasons but the key ones are for both visual effect and structure. Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice clean plump finish on the edge and this gives a really nice depth to the edges. It’s a more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel. On top of this, the rolled edges add a lot more structure to your pocket square.
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