We may not know them by name, but we have all seen ginger jars at one point or another. Enter any home goods store today and you will see these shapely lidded jars in an assortment of colors and sizes. As an interior designer, I am always on the lookout for new or continuing trends like this one. But I am also fascinated with discovering the origins of a trend. So I decided to take a closer look at the “ginger jar craze.”
Estimated to be over 2,000 years old, ginger jars got their name because they were used to hold and transport spices to the West, particularly ginger. The most popular version of this decorative object is the blue and white one with Chinese typography and symbols. These blue and white canisters emerged during the Yuan Dynasty, about 800 years ago. Eventually, when the jars became high in demand in the West, they lost their functional purpose and became simply decorative pieces.
Originally, ginger jars were made of glazed porcelain, but today many of them are made of ceramic. This means that the jars have become more affordable and attainable. Moreover, ginger jars are no longer only being used in traditional settings. Because ginger jars now come in solid or unexpected colors, contemporary patterns, and different shapes, designers are utilizing them in transitional, contemporary, coastal, as well as, cottage interiors.
Translation: We can all jump on the ginger jar bandwagon! So let me be the first to jump on the bandwagon with some of my favorite ginger jar picks.
If you have a neutral room, the gorgeous diagonal pattern on this brown and white ginger jar would complement it beautifully.
The striking red color of this ginger jar, as well as, the gold touches make this one a winner in my book.
I love the simplicity and neutrality of this off white ginger jar from Ethan Allen. If you have lots of patterns in your home, this is a perfect way to adopt the ginger jar trend.
This green and white ginger jar from Ethan Allen would go perfectly with framed botanical prints or in a sunroom featuring lots of plants.
Ethan Allen’s blue and white ginger jar is an ode to the popular blue and white version. Like the original versions, it is made of porcelain.
My last ginger jar pick is dedicated to our founding editor, Mark! His daughter loves butterflies and so do I. With its delicate detailing, this whimsical jar would be beautiful in a little girl’s bedroom or an entryway.
The popularity of ginger jars is undeniable, but adopting this trend has to make sense for your home. With so many varieties of ginger jars on the market, there is no shortage of choices that would fit in perfectly with your decor.