Just as the staircase itself has a rich history that dates back thousands of years - it is thought, in fact, to be one of the earliest architectural features developed by our ancestors - so too does the use of wrought iron balusters. Although handrails and banisters that use metals aren't as old as the ancient stone staircases of Greece, Medieval England and the Middle East, they still have a rich history that spans the globe.
You can find wrought iron balusters in Tuscan villas, for example, that were created during the late Renaissance by Italy's richest statesmen. Just north, the fire escapes and in the hallways of metropolitan Parisian apartments that were constructed during the late 19th and early 20th century represent a different kind of purpose entirely. As the dawn of steel-framed building construction took hold overseas, the use of wrought iron handrails naturally found its way into the offices and apartments of the industrial United States, reflecting a new architectural direction.
Today, wrought iron is used inside and outside of contemporary residences to give a space a sculptural look that may not be possible when limited to strictly wood as a material. While these spindles look good in the railings of grand staircases in the main foyer of a Southern California mansion, they are equally as pleasing as the protective banister of a high-rise New York City penthouse apartment.
Wrought iron is an extremely versatile material that also has a timeless appeal. You can use it to either make your interior come to life or add a grace to the outside of your home. No matter where you implement these stair parts, your home is sure to benefit.
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