Strapwork became popular in the 15th and 16thc through its use in grotesques and frescoes.
Taking its cue from actual metalwork, strapwork is a stylised decorative design mimicking leather, metal or parchment curled and woven into strips and bands.
Its use on musical instruments, mainly harpsichords, has kept it in vogue over the centuries. Adrian Card masters this art today...view his amazing work here.
This is a detail from a harpsichord design created by Alison Woolley of Florencearts. Just "google" the word strapwork and click on Wikipedia's definition....Alison's work is one of the illustrations!
Strapwork is used to weave decorative objects together in arabesque designs.
Its origins are in the arabesques of Arabs and Moors in Spain.
Rivets and cabochons complete the illusion....
Strapwork , carved in wood, was commonly used as borders and cornices in many Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings during the 15th and 16th century as well
Ceilings at this time also produced fine examples of rollwork, or strapwork.
It is still found today, sometimes re-interpreted ...
Used in stone, here, it is carved into an intricate band design.
With a celtic twist, this is another example of strapwork.
Victorian Ornaments and Designs by Samuel Leith is a great source for starting your own creation of strapwork!