There are not many housewives in Ukraine who know that the rubel [a local hand washboard also used to press] is the precursor of pressing irons. But most florists know this and are using this archaic household appliance in their whimsical modern interior designs.
Each such rubel may well liven up your apartment in folk-art style. Actually, you can do the trick yourself. Apart from the rubel, you will only need an artichoke, a synthetic blueberry branch, a length of palm tree bark, a couple of magnolia leaves, and a yucca garland. The artichoke is the key element, so place it in the middle, making it the focal point of the composition (with all the other important elements attached to the “oasis,” a sponge for dry plants, using a gluing pistol/gun or PVA glue. After that the minor elements are positioned on the edges of the composition — e.g., blueberries. The yucca garland seem to follow the rubel’s pattern, it seems even graphically alike, and the same is true of the magnolia leaves fixed vertically. You can use this pattern to decorate your corridor, anteroom, kitchen, or living room, if you want your interior kept in a folk-art vein. This pattern will also look quite attractive on your dacha verandah, especially by adding a few sheaves of wheat hanging from the ceiling.