Rose themes pop up in home furnishings

The ancient Romans associated the rose with their goddess of love, and European aristocracy in the 17th century prized them so highly they were accepted as payment for debt. The tradition of beauty continues with a new crop of rose-inspired furnishings: ruffled-edge bowls, tiles with digital imagery, linen fabrics -- even a whimsical chair upholstered in paper roses. Banks may not accept them as payment, but a rose is a rose. To see a graphic interpretation of a rose on oversized tile, and to click through other shopping stories, go to or check out our holiday

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