Historically, Tilia (also known as Linden or Lime) has been a central part of Eastern and Central European culture for centuries. In ancient folklore and mythology, this sacred tree has been associated with luck and fertility and is said to have medicinal properties which have long since been revered; So much so, that Tilia trees were planted by royal decree along many roads to ensure that the harvest of its powerful flowers was plentiful to treat headaches, insomnia, epilepsy and nervous disorders.
This remarkable and beautiful tree, that we here at Studio William have been so inspired by, has also inspired many others throughout the ages. From the 17th Century sculptor Grinling Gibbons, famed for his Tilia wood carvings which can still be found in prestigious buildings such as Hampton Court Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral; to the lyrical prowess of medieval poetry in which this particular tree would regularly be tied to romance and lovers; it is clear that the Tilia has been at the source of a great deal of creativity.Under the Tilia tree
on the open field,
where we two had our bed,
you still can see
broken flowers and grass.
On the edge of the woods in a vale,
sweetly sang the nightingale.
Walther von der Vogelweide (c. 1170–c. 1230)