The History of Tassels!

Tassels are universal ornaments and decorations, seen throughout history in many cultures and countries around the world.

Representing luxury and superiority in many cultures, embellishing clothing, blankets, draperies and furnishings, tassels date back to ancient Egypt. In the Arab world, particularly Egypt and Mesopotamia, tassels were worn on headdresses to ward off demons and evil spirits, and archaeologists have uncovered tassels in tombs of pharaohs dating back thousands of years. 

In sixteenth century France, those who hand-crafted tassels were known as 'passementiers', and it took seven years to obtain an apprenticeship to become one. Each tassel was worth a lot of money, and upper class people would purchase them to decorate their homes, horses and carriages and clothing with the prestigious adornment. One notable French figure in history who loved tassels was military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. 

At Oxford and Cambridge University, those who wore gold tassels on their caps meant they received increased access to luxurious accommodation and social prestige, whereas those who wore black tassels on their caps meant that they were ordinary commoners. In present times, only the Chancellor of Oxford wears a gold tassel. 

At Esperance & Co, it's no secret that we love our tassels. Our Cotton Tassel Toppers, Striped Tassel Toppers and Festive Topper all feature the gorgeous added detail of tassels, and have been popular with our Esperance & Co family since we introduced the various ranges. 

So, we thought why not add tassels to our 100% Cashmere Toppers as well? Available in three best selling colours - Paradise Pink, Heavenly Blue and Blue Horizon.