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This month, on our Facebook page, we have been discussing historical facts about cork. Our intent was not only to inform, but also to visually share with you the longevity of cork and to showcase how this natural material is both resilient in nature and highly durable. We have shown images (also shown on left) of  a nearly pristine corked bottle from Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which sunk off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. This  is a relatively new mention of the use of cork in the grand scheme of time and history. To really illustrate the longevity of cork, we can easily  go back to the first century where Pliny the Elder speaks about how cork was so revered, it could only be cut off the tree by priests. Pliny the  Elder had many a career specialty in his time, but is especially noted as the author of his encyclopedic work Naturalis Historia. Naturalis  Historia became the model for modern encyclopedias. Furthermore, cork was uncovered from the excavated city of Pompeii. It was used to stopper amphorae, vessels used to transport and store primarily wine. It isn't assumed that it was used at this time, it was found! In a city that was obliterated for the most part by a volcano and sat undiscovered for over 1500 years. Amazing… Interesting fact as to how we know the exact date of the destruction of Pompeii. We know it from the writings of a historian you will soon recognize. On August 24, 79 AD, Pliny the Younger saw the eruption from a distance with his uncle, none other than Pliny the Elder. Pliny the Elder was also a commander for the Roman fleet and tried to rescue surviving citizens from destruction. This historical account by Pliny the Younger was discovered in a letter detailing the event. History fascinates me!

So, why the history lesson? We simply want to illustrate the point, that no matter the climate, no matter the interior design, no matter the use, cork will survive the test of time. You will not regret your decision to install cork flooring and cork wall tiles in your home. It will only increase the intrinsic value of your home, health, and lifestyle. It is visually stunning as well as healthy happy for your life. The hypoallergenic qualities of incorporating it into your life and home today are exponential. We offer designs that will boast drama and flair or clean and classic. Whatever your heart desires, we have something to suit your needs. Here’s an idea - check out Pompeii the Movie, opening this month, in your own home theater. Add our cork wall tiles for chic sound and temperature insulation.  I just love cork so much, I can imagine it in pretty much every setting… Go check it out! Have fun! Enjoy!

February 26, 2014

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