For decades people have been using maps as sophisticated decorations. An ancient world map can be placed inside a beautiful wood frame and hung on the wall, or put on an office desk depending on its size.
Many people collect all types of maps as a hobby, and this has led retailers to start printing them on all sorts of products. You can buy a necktie that depicts an ancient world map, as well as footstools depicting the same image. Other products featuring images of an ancient world map include calendars, desk mats, wall hangings, blankets, rugs, framed art, clocks, watches, wallpaper, stationary and much, much more.
While some people are satisfied to just own a little something having to do with an ancient world map, there are others who consider themselves full-time collectors, whom spend thousands of dollars at auctions to purchase rare maps from hundreds of years ago.
There are many auction houses, as well as online auction sites that cater specifically to those interested in owning an ancient world map. At a recent online auction, $11,000 was paid for an ancient world map dating back to 1640. This particular map depicted the Seven Wonders of the World, the sun and moon, the five known planets of that time period, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Pyramids, and the lighthouse at Alexandria. The text of the map was in the German language.
Although most of us don’t have the resources to purchase such a treasure you can find a replica of an ancient world map in several places. I’d suggest foregoing the world class auction houses in favor of a local antique shop. Although they aren’t likely to have an original ancient world map they may have several likenesses which will look great in either your home or office.
The Internet seems to be one of the best places to locate hard to find items and this isn’t an exception. After doing a quick search for available maps you’ll find several choices. If the company is reputable and shipping charges aren’t astronomical this can be a wonderful approach to finding an ancient world map.
If you are looking for a way to add some life to a dull room, why not try an ancient world map? Not only will it bring a bit of life to a boring space, but you may also be surprised just how much you can learn by studying it.
You’ll also be creating an interest in history in your children. When one of these maps is displayed prominently in your home, your children are bound to ask you to explain it to them.