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Ensuring Your Fireplace Mantel is Historically Accurate

Some of the most beautiful fireplace mantels are inspired by the architectural designs in countries such as Italy, England, and France. Having a historically authentic fireplace mantel can be just what you need to tie together your elegant living room decor. But how do you know if the mantel you are looking into purchasing is an accurate representation of the country and time period?

Make Sure Your Designers Have Done Their Homework

The only way for someone to become an expert on history is for them to immerse themselves in the subject. Likewise, if a fireplace mantel designer claims that his mantelpieces are historically accurate, he has probably been constantly researching, travelling, sketching, and observing. Make sure that researching is part of their designing process.

Do Your Homework

Anyone can claim to have done research, but how will you know they are telling the truth? The best way to be duped into purchasing a mantel that does not match a historical era is to have limited knowledge of the subject. If you want to ensure that your mantelpiece is an accurate historical representation, you need to research, observe, and travel if possible to get to know everything about the history there. If you know your architectural history, you will be able to know just by looking at the mantel design if it is accurate or not.

Compare the Mantel to the Style of Origin

If you have always had a fascination with Italian Renaissance period architecture, you will want your fireplace mantel to match structures that originated from both that country and that time period. You might want to research the Basilica of Sant’Agostino located in Rome. The exterior is relatively simple with a smooth, stone face, but there are elaborate features that stand out, such as the carved areas on the roof awnings. These carvings are lifted from the smooth face, drawing your attention. A fireplace mantel designed during this time period would have the same types of features, perhaps a smooth face with small, elaborate carvings. Become very familiar with the designs from your favorite historical eras to ensure that you get exactly the style you want.

The history of any fireplace mantel can have a significant impact on the look of any room. If both you and the designer have done your homework, you won’t be disappointed with your purchase.

Tartaruga Design’s Unmatched Fireplace Mantel Designs

Tartaruga Design Inc. offers only the best with its hand-sculpted and historically accurate fireplace mantels. Founded in 1994, we at Tartaruga Design can boast twenty years of excellence. Our passion and expertise comes out in the artistic elements of each mantel we design. Your mantel of choice is sure to add sophistication to your home.

Meet the Experienced Designer

Tartaruga Design was founded by Italian-born Luca Savazzi. He has over 20 years of experience in sculpting bronze, stone, wood, and clay. His passion and attention to detail is what sets his work apart from others. He fell in love with the practice of hand-cast stone, and since then has devoted his work and passion to producing the finest quality mantels around. His love of travel and architecture has significantly influenced his hand-carved designs. Each of his mantel designs reflects the history he loves.

Historically Accurate Designs

The many styles and designs offered by Tartaruga Design are accurate and authentic representations of history. Luca Savazzi constantly travels, researches, and observes in order to bring you the most historically authentic designs possible. He has intensely studied the art and architecture of such historically beautiful countries as France, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, and the United Kingdom. He observes, sketches, and takes photos to bring the knowledge he gains directly into his designs.

Featured Mantel Styles

Each mantel is made from the finest Cortina Stone finishes including classico, French limestone, Indiana grey, Jerusalem gold, noce, botticino, and many more. Tartaruga has also divided our collection of mantels into categories to assist your selection process. These categories are French mantel, English style, Italianate style, and contemporary style.

Great Customer Service and Simple Ordering

When you want to order a mantel from Tartaruga Design, simply decide on the style you want, submit your request, and you will receive a prompt quote which includes manufacturing, shipping, and installation. Once you’ve accepted our quote and paid the deposit agreed on, the manufacturing begins. You are involved in the process the whole time, approving designs and costs along the way. As soon as the mantel is finished, it ships directly to your door. Don’t worry about the mantel being damaged in shipping; Tartaruga has an impeccable delivery record.

 A fireplace is so much more than an item of convenience. It is a permanent piece of art that can enhance the style of any space. When you want to order your hand-crafted Tartaruga Design fireplace mantel, please contact us.