3 Colors & Patterns That Will Mark the Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year

Each year, between 21 Jan and 20 Feb, there is a two-week worldwide celebration of Chinese New Year. New Year's Day is different every year, because it's determined as the first day of the new moon. Since it's been celebrated on different dates each year, it's also called "The Spring Festival". This year, the Chinese New Year is on February 16th.
Celebration of Chinese New Year is very rich in traditional ceremonies. A lot of festivities happen during these days, including color rich rituals and gourmet preparations for families and guests. Each year is different, followed by one of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs. This year is Year of the Earth Dog.

Dog Symbolizes a Birth with a Good Nature

The year of the Earth Dog symbolizes communication, seriousness and responsibility in work. That means that people born this year will have these characteristics. They will be honest and born with a good nature. Good nature includes a quiet life and a good family. They tend to forget the ugliness and evil on the Earth. Each Chinese zodiac, including dog, is given certain success in four main fields of life:
  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Love
  • Work
Besides mythological or religious beliefs, Chinese people are also known for their rich tradition and customs. Chinese culture is one of the oldest in the world. Besides their language and dialects, religions, art and architecture, Chinese are well known for tea and food culture. Tea drinking habit originated in China, since they enjoyed it for millennia. Each day tea is consumed regularly, both at casual and formal occasions. On the other hand, thanks to Chinese dynasty period, there is a large variety of Chinese cuisine. In ancient China, the emperors hosted banquets with over 100 dishes per meal. Tea and dishes were served in porcelain tableware.

Porcelain Comes from China

Another amazing thing that originally came from China is porcelain. It is used in China for more than 2,000 years and, over years, it spread to other Asian countries, then Europe and the rest of the world. Firstly, porcelain or proto-porcelain was mentioned during Shang Dynasty (1600 - 1046 BC) and, after many centuries, it started being exported firstly to Islamic world and then further to Europe.
Porcelain is known for its strength, toughness, translucency, whiteness and resonance. It is also known to be highly resistant to thermal shock. Porcelain represents a form of art, since its decoration requires different techniques. "For the last 2000 years, until about 1800, porcelain decoration was painted by hand. Nowadays, 95% of porcelain is decorated with lithography (or silk-screened) decorations. After the initial decoration process, the porcelain is sometimes decorated again with hand painting. This is usually on the rim of the handles of a piece". (Citation is taken from Mottahedeh's website)
Since this is Chinese Year of the Dog, and porcelain comes from China, there are three main colors that will make this year as healthy & wealthy for everyone:

3 Lucky Colors

1. Red

In Chinese mythology, dragon is the symbol for good fortune and protection. This pattern was used exclusively for the emperor. It originated in a design from the K'ang His period (1682 - 1722). Beautiful in color, red dragon pattern reminds of traditional festivals such as "Spring Festival" (Chinese New Year) and elegance of ancient emperors. Chinese believe that the dragon represents power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.

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2. Purple

In Chinese symbolism, purple color stands for divinity and immortality. Nowadays, this color represents love or romance. There is one delicate purple tone called after a flower. It's "Fuchsia", and it's a vivid purplish red. Fuchsia flowers contain a wide variety of purples, so the choice is huge. There is an amazing pattern within R. Haviland & C. Parlon collection, named Arc en Ciel. The collection is very colorful, including fuchsia as one of the dominant ones.
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3. Green

This amazing place setting is part of Green Lace pattern. It's very special, since its delicate teardrop border was inspired by Ch'ing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) porcelain from China. Also, it's highlighted by bands of 22 carat gold. For Chinese, green symbolizes the element of wood, and it brings success when it's mixed with metallic tones such as gold and silver.
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3 Fine China Patterns for 2018

Inspired by Chinese tradition, origin of porcelain and beautiful colors and shapes, we chose three Fine Chine Porcelain patterns that are must-haves in 2018:

1. Blue Canton - recognizable for Chinese motifs

2. Carp - Chinese symbol for success and plenty

3. "Wufu" - which is the symbol for bat as the five happiness: health, wealth, virtue, old age and good end

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