So, what is rope moulding and why is it still prominent at present even though it has been around much, much earlier than the “actual” ancestor of our modern-day camera?

Rope moulding, although simple, is practical and classic. In fact, its practicality makes it appealing not just as a design for window and pole sides. It looks pretty on furnitures as well.

If you want to see examples of decorative rope mouldings on buildings, you can search for pictures of the Durnham Cathedral in England and the Cathedral Gloucester. Both of these churches follow that Anglo-Norman-Romanesque Architectural design and are therefore, recipients of rope moulding accents.

For examples of decorative moulding on furnitures, you can visit the site of Thomasville, a popular furniture store. The manufacturer-retailer carries the Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart furniture lines known for their Old Havana poster bed with barley-twist posts, rosewood inlay and carved rope molding.

Another good option is to search for pictures of the first “Trafalgar chair”. Popular during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Thomas Hope’s original Trafalgar chair had sabre legs, a cane seat and gilded rope turnings in the crest. Some of the commemorative porcelain of the Trafalgar period also display the excessive use of rope and anchor decoration.