Ideas for decorating with vintage maps
Old vs Vintage
Ideas for decorating with antique or vintage maps
Origins of the world map
World maps were created long before satellites and aerial photography. In antiquity, they were cartographic representations that did not accurately reflect the actual shape and size of continents and oceans.
The earliest atlases date back to ancient Babylon and Egypt and were found on clay tablets and papyrus. However, it is the European cartography of the Middle Ages and Renaissance that is best known for its ancient maps. In most cases, these maps were mostly decorative and focused more on religion and mythology than on geographical accuracy.