of Holy Icons
of Holy Icons
As the exclusive distributor for the U.S. & Canada, we are proud to offer Byzantine Holy Icons with 22 Karat gold leaves. From the extensive surface and wood preparation to the meticulous application of gold by hand, our icons are made with faith, care and love.
Churches and Monasteries looking to purchase Holy Icons for their bookstores, please contact us for wholesale pricing.
All of our icons are made of natural, solid limewood (Tilia). Once the base is cut to size, it undergoes an extensive, multi-step preparation by hand that utilizes traditional methods and organic materials. In this way, the surface of the wood is primed and well-prepared to hold the iconography, the 22 Karat gold leaves, and the color.
22 Karat Gold leaves are meticulously applied by hand and trimmed to size to cover the entire surface surrounding the hierography.
After the gold is applied, the icon theme is added in accordance with museum print standards. Our themes are premium replicas of the original hierography from Mount Athos and elsewhere.
Finally, finishing touches are applied with a deep red color around the icon border. Each icon is made to meet the highest quality standards and is inspected for quality assurance.
From the moment you first hold your Holy Icon, you will see the exquisite details that bear truth to the meticulous preparation and creation of the image, as well as feel the depth and weight of the solid wood upon which it is portrayed. One of our larger icon dimensions (11.8" x 15.7"/30 x 40 cm) weighs more than 5 pounds!
Because we value quality even in the details, your Holy Icon will be shipped in luxury packaging and can be presented as a gift for a friend or family member.
Depending on the theme and size, Holy Icons are available in both Recessed and Level styles.
The groove in our recessed icons adds depth to the Iconography, making the icon even more dramatic and impressive. In order to keep the relative proportions, the depth of the groove changes with the size of the Holy Icon.
Level icons allow the hagiography to retain its boldness even in smaller sizes. As such, most of our level icons have smaller dimensions.
Backside details vary with icon size and serve to ensure that your Holy Icon will stand the test of time.
Solid wooden icons of larger dimensions are prone to bending and damaging as time passes. Fortunately, our Holy Icons are supported by two additional, horizontal wooden protective braces on the backside. These braces bolster the icon and allow it to sustain its shape, ensuring that your Holy Icon will remain in its original, pristine condition as it is passed down from generation to generation.
Icons of smaller dimensions are naturally sustainable over time, and experience less structural stress. As such, you will find that the backside of smaller Holy Icons is flat and proportional to their shape.