Short history of mazes and labyrints
There is something compelling about mazes. They can be as simple as a game for children or so complicated as a house of mirrors. They can be just entertainment or a path along a deep spiritual journey. Mazes have an ancient history spanning thousands of years. But, first of all, what is the difference between a maze and a labirynth? A maze is a complex branching (multicursal) puzzle that includes choices of path and direction and has dead ends. A labyrinth is unicursal so it has only a single, non-branching path.
So we say we have chosen the more complex thing.
The first recorded labyrinth comes from Egypt, the 5th century BC but the most known, the most famous labyrinth of antiquity is the Cretan Labyrinth which housed the terrifying Minotaur at its center.
On the other hand, the most mysterious mazes are located on the other side of the world – the Nasca lines. The lines are located on a high plain in Peru and were built between 200 BC and 300 AD. They form huge geometric shapes and pictures that can only be appreciated from the air. Starting in the 16th century, European royalty began building elaborate hedge mazes on their properties. The mazes were meant to entertain, as well as to provide private, out-of-the-way places for secret meetings.
While mazes are fun they also have a serious side. Mazes are often used in laboratory experiments to test a subject’s ability to learn and remember. A lab rat will take some time when it first traverses a maze to find a food reward because it is randomly wandering. Scientists have been using mazes to study animal psychology since 1882.
Having discovered the long and intricate history of both labyrinths and mazes, we felt inspired to bring a little bit of this magic to your interiors. We designed a maze that runs across the whole length of a roll! (A-maze-ing, isn’t it?) The moment you enter the maze at the beginning of the roll, you start a 10-meter walk without seeing the same path twice until the way out.
So we say that it is not only a great design but also great fun.
We have prepared two colourways, beige and grey to suit the needs you may have. Will you dare to find your way?
PS If, by any chance, you chose to give your Maze wallpaper a playful twist by, say, placing the pictures of your beloved ones as guiding arrows along the corridors, please share with us.
Let’s see how a-maze-ing your creativity can be.
We can’t wait to see our wallpapers on your walls. Feel free to share with us what your place looks like with them on.