A tulip vase, also referred to a pyramid vase, is a special type of vase that is designed to house and showcase tulips. Tulip vases can vary significantly in size and shape, but the manufacturers traditionally use blue as a decorative color. One of its most recognizable qualities is the appearance of floors and flower spouts in its design. While originally intended for tulips, the vases can also serve as a decorative option for displaying a variety of other flowers as well.
Tulip vases are largely considered to be decorative vases. In fact, the vases themselves can be showcased as standalone pieces. Their intricacy and the effort put into their design makes this possible. Traditional tulip vases are created using Delftware faience designs, which are noted for the use of blue color.
The sizes and shapes of tulip vases can vary significantly. Some have been known to be as large as 4.92 ft (1.5 m) high. In general, how large the vase is depends on its purpose; for example, vases that are intended to be showpieces can be much larger than vases that are intended to function solely as a means to house flowers. Tulip vases can also be made in square, oval, or even round shapes. The particular shape that a flower enthusiast chooses to showcase his or her flowers can be largely left to preference.
A common attribute of the tulip vase is its look of having floors. Tulip vases can be designed in such a way that it appears as if the vase has several levels on which there can be spouts available for the insertion of single tulips. This offers the ability for a flower enthusiast to separate and showcase each individual flower, as well as the vase itself. These floors can be beneficial to the owner if he or she gardens and grows his or her own flowers or uses them in competitions.
An advantage of using a tulip vase with floors and spouts is that it can keep tulips in place. Tulips have a reputation for growing even after they have been cut from the ground and put in vases. Their movement gives them a wilting-like appearance, even though they are actually still functioning as if they were still in the ground. Tulip vases can keep tulips upright and in place, whereas a standard vase might allow for this movement.
While tulip vases are intended to showcase tulips, they are not limited to displaying only one specific type of flower. While separated spouts may, at first, seem to limit decoration options, style can still be expressed through the choice of flowers that are put into the vases. Complementary flowers are recommended when arranging a display that houses a variety of flower types.