Basil: an herb with a bit of a checkered past. Modern-day basil is known as the “King of the Herbs” and is associated with the words I’ve woven into the veins of the leaves:

“Enjoy”

“Gather”

“Savor”

“Cherish”

~ In medieval Italy, girls wore sprigs of basil in their hair to signify their availability for marriage.

~ In Romania, if a boy accepts a sprig of basil from a girl, they are engaged to be married.

~ The ancient Greeks thought consuming basil caused scorpions to grow in the brain.

I’ll let you decide if those three things are in any way related…

I decided to photograph the basil leaf as a brand-new pattern for my table runners: the idea of gathering together over a delicious meal, enjoying the company of family or friends, and appreciating these memories all fit perfectly with this sweet and popular herb. Enjoy!

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