How Moldings Molded History

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

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Moldings have had a material makeover since their early inception. Throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, architecture relied heavily on stone and brick composition. “The ancient Greeks and Romans had masons that would create molds for various profile styles. They did this to duplicate the profile in stone and then add it to buildings, on both the inside and out. These might be used for private homes, though generally homes of the very wealthy…no one else could afford such craftsmanship (Nikitas 1).”

“Even though crown moldings were seen in the Greco-Roman period, they really didn’t start to gain popularity in Europe until the turn of the millennium. Along the beams in the ceiling, or at the edge where it met the wall; at the bottom of a fireplace surround, or around a doorway or display case: moldings in wood started to appear everywhere to enhance and offer ornamentation to a space (Nikitas 1-2).”

Nikitas, Matthew (2000). Grand Finishes For Carpentry: Molding Installation Projects (pp. 1-2). New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin.