Let’s be honest, most of us rely on Google maps these days, or use a GPS to get from here to there. Real maps are turning into relics and decoration…
But maps are still valuable. When batteries die, you can unfold a trusty map. You can take them on trails. You can get the lay of the land, and gain a better understanding of where you are and where you’re going.
Although beyond practical uses, their aesthetic value and the feelings they stir make them pieces that I like to have around. They’re inspiring. And they’re usually beautiful.
I wrote about a US National Park Map a while back, but this is a different way to incorporate maps into your life: Map Tapestries.
Around Christmastime, I found this Ocean Current Tapestry and fell in love. Its size and thick cotton weight make it versatile. Hang it on a wall, spread it over a bed, take it on a picnic… and admire the swirls of the turquoise ocean flowing around the world’s continents.
And then there’s this Vintage US Map Tapestry that has the old-school vibe of National Geographic maps pinned to classroom walls. It is also heavyweight canvas, but is a bit smaller than the other.
There’s just something about having maps around that reminds us again of all the places we’ve been and all the places we could go…