Provence, as much in this word for the heart of Russian merged!
I do not know why, but 99.99% of Russian women dreams of at least once to visit this French province, wander through the slim rows of lavender, to lay on the vintage (often dilapidated) at home. And it doesn’t matter that the same lavender grows in the Crimea, and on the dilapidated houses you can simultaneize, while moving out only 15 kilometers from the Moscow Ring Road. By the way, the air in our villages is much tastier and fresh.
But … The main thing is a dream, everything else will wait!
To be closer to the dream, many of our wonderful halves are equipped with kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms in Pseudoderevian style — Provence. The indispensable attribute of such a style is wooden furniture, beautiful wicker chairs, panel with decoupage, and, of course, a large wall shelf for plates and tea cups.
Such shelves in Russia, as you have already guessed, are called «Provence» or just «French». They scatter, despite the fairly high cost, like hot cakes. My good friend is engaged in the manufacture and selling of such shelves in Russia and abroad.
First a little economy.
A week such shelves workshop makes about 12-15 pieces. The greatest demand is spring and summer, that is, the season of vacation and summer holiday. Two people work in the workshop, the tool is at least, and their orders are scheduled for about 3-4 months, which speaks of high demand.
Well, now, in fact, why this article appeared.
We often bow to all import, european, although we forget how cool we are ourselves. Exactly so it turned out with these shelves.
When my friend decided to sell his shelves not only in Russia, but also abroad, then according to the old memory, I called them «Provence» and put on foreign sites — sales almost did not have. The first orders went only when the «Provence» was removed from the name and the present name of the shelves was given: Russians.
In 17-18 centuries, not only in Russia, but also in the rest of the enlightened Europe, there was a very interesting fashion. People are victory, who did not have a big choice of dishes, tried to keep her always in sight. Beautiful dishes were a symbol of wealth. Even one thing — two beautiful plates have already said that the owner of the house «Bourges».
So there were open shelves, on which the plates were carefully stood on top, and a cup hung on the crochets from the bottom. Open shelves were often put in the palace kitchens so that the servants could quickly organize food for the owner or its guests.
In the homes of truly rich people who did not consider the dennaunction at all, it was not accepted to brag about dishes — she was or was in the kitchen at Chelyadi, or stood on the tables during dinners. Therefore, the rich and wealthy citizens enjoyed glass buffets.
So the shelves were a lot of villages and urban poor in all countries!
Until 1812, such shelves in Russia were called English. The fact is that with Peter a lot of British came to us, who brought with them the tradition of «open shelves». Our aristocrats adopted her and the shelves called English.
But, in 1812, a crowd of French entered Russia in 1812. During his visit, French tours familiarized themselves with the life of Russian people and saw such shelves. Since then, in France, they are considered Russian.
The paradox of the situation is that our army, bringing a retaliatory visit, saw in French houses exactly the same shelves. Since then, they are called French or Provence in Russia.
It turns out that these shelves we attribute the French, and the French us.