Handkerchiefs & Roses; The Meaning of Colors


This is the first part in a series of posts about beautiful, vintage rose embroidered hankies and printed rose handkerchiefs. We’ll be taking a look at the color of each rose and its symbolism. For example, the ravishing red rose handkerchief, perky pink rose handkerchiefs and luscious lavender rose hankies. Beautifully printed or embroidered roses on handkerchiefs can mean a myriad of different sentiments. Each of the handkerchiefs highlighted in this post, and subsequent posts, are available in my Etsy shop, AllVintateHankies.etsy.com.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet –William Shakespeare

Let’s begin with this outstanding example of the pink rose bouquet, printed on a large, scalloped handkerchief.

It was one of Burmel’s selections for Handkerchief of the Month in Vogue back in the 1950s.

The pink rose is the oldest of all the roses. Pink roses can be found in centuries-old artwork by the masters. This color rose is also associated with the ‘old garden’ variety rose. When you’re driving past an old Victorian home in the spring or summer, take a look at the grounds. Chances are you’ll see gorgeous pink rose bushes that were lovingly planted in the mid 1800s to early 1900s. That is, if they haven’t been plucked out to make way for ‘new’ landscaping.



If you’re looking for a rose-printed or embroidered handkerchief for yourself or to give as a gift, it’s the perfect choice if you want to convey sentiments of appreciation and gratitude. Pink roses also are meant to show admiration, joyfulness, love, sweetness, grace and elegance.


The light pink rose signifies beauty and grace.



Delicate and soft, the pink rose hankie is an outstanding choice as a lovely gift to say, ‘I appreciate you’, ‘I admire you,’ ‘I’m grateful to you,’ or simply to say, ‘Thank you.’

Take a stroll through all of the marvelous examples of pink printed rose hankies and pink embroidered rose handkerchiefs at my shop on Etsy, AllVintageHankies.etsy.com.


Next post we’ll take a look at the meaning of the lavender rose print and embroidered hanky.







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