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A whimsical compendium of traditional gypsy caravans.

The traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people as their home is called vardo (also waggon, living wagon, van, and caravan). Possessing a chimney, it is commonly thought of as being highly decorated, intricately carved, brightly painted, and even gilded. The British Romani tradition of the vardo is seen as a high cultural point of both artistic design and a masterpiece of woodcrafters art. The heyday of the living wagon lasted for roughly 70 years, from the mid-1800s through the first two decades of the twentieth century.

+20 Jody Hay Lindsey June 5, 2016

A whimsical compendium of traditional gypsy caravans.

The traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people as their home is called vardo (also waggon, living wagon, van, and caravan). Possessing a chimney, it is commonly thought of as being highly decorated, intricately carved, brightly painted, and even gilded. The British Romani tradition of the vardo is seen as a high cultural point of both artistic design and a masterpiece of woodcrafters art. The heyday of the living wagon lasted for roughly 70 years, from the mid-1800s through the first two decades of the twentieth century. gypsy wedding dress
Vardos were elaborately decorated, hand carved and ornately painted with traditional Romani symbols. Examples of famous Wagon Artists responsible for the early development of vardo art are Jim Berry, John Pockett, Tom Stevens, Tommy Gaskin, John Pickett, modern contemporary decorators continuing to shape this colourful tradition included artists such as Yorkie Greenwood and Lol Thompson.
The waggon’s interior is typically outfitted with built-in seats, cabinets, a wardrobe, bunks in the rear of the caravan, a chest of drawers, and a glass-fronted china cabinet.There are windows on the left side and rear. Some types have clerestories which let in light and air. A bracket for an oil lamp is mounted over the chest of drawers opposite the fireplace; the chest’s top functions as a table. Waggons’ exteriors can range from fairly plain to intricately carved, painted in bright colors, and sheathed in places with gold leaf.