Celtic knots are known to be a wide range and variety of knots that have been stylized. These creations and designs are used to decorate homes and other appliances. Celtic knots are used extensively in insular art. These knots are well known for their adaptation and use in Christian monuments and other ornamental purposes. Most of the knots that are used for decoration are endless knots, but many are different varieties of basket weave knots.
Knots first appeared in the Roman Empire, where it can be seen in floor mosaics that are dated back to the tried and fourth centuries A.D. many spirals and step patterns have also been found in Byzantine architecture and books of illumination. These designs soon found their way into the Christian church where it was adapted and changed into a plait. The patterns in the pleating were intricate, with interwoven cords.
Knotwork in Ireland and northern England first appeared in the early 7th century. Knotwork was sighted when Irish missionaries were pillaging and evangelizing throughout the west coast of Scotland. Adomnan is rumored to hold a connection to the artistic tradition of the celts and is famous for the three manuscripts. The books of Durrow, Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. These manuscripts were all interwoven and laced with the knots acting as ornamentation.
Origins of Celtic Knots
One of the most famous myths of the origins of the Celtic knots is that it was a surviving piece of the older druidic tradition. It was frequently misinterpreted and repeated and was renewed by Celtics who studied Christianity. April motifs have an extensive history in Celtic art, spanning over thousands of years. This is not the same for knotwork. Knotwork is said to have been originated from Coptic Egypt. A piece of evidence that confirms this is the Acts of the Apostles, written in the 5th century and preserved in the Morgan Library, NYC. It is also referred to as the ‘missing connection’ or ‘link’ between the Celtic and middle eastern traditions in knotwork.
Ever since the discovery and creation of Celtic knots, example of knotwork can be found in every century dating towards the present day. By the middle ages, the knotwork and style were deemed most robust in the Scottish Highlands, where it was known as the Gaelic revival. The knotwork continues in the Scottish Highlands, where it was carved into stone and on jewelry and weapons. Weapons such as dirks, a dagger with a short blade, were embellished with Celtic knots all through the Jacobite period.
Meaning Behind the Celtic Knots
Majority of all of the Celtic artwork suck as the knotwork sends an elaborate message that is more than meets the eye. The three manuscripts, Durrow, Kells, and Lindisfarne Gospels are covered with knotwork, however, while the manuscripts of Kells and the Gospels talk of what the knotwork is, Durrow is about the word of god. The knots are used to glorify the doctrines and for Holy use. But things started to change when they were re-designed and worn as brooches and other jewelry.