If you’re looking for a beautiful, easy, and interesting way to arrange flowers, look no further than a Tulipiere. In this post, I’m explaining what it is, where to get one, and how to use it.
Several weeks ago on Instagram, I shared a look into a cabinet I have in my dining room. The cabinet holds a collection of white serving pieces and vases. Among that mix is an odd-looking piece with several spouts on top. It’s been in my collection for years, and while I never thought much about it, many of my followers asked about this peculiar-looking piece.
What is it you ask? A tulipiere!
What is a Tulipiere?
So you’re probably wondering, what is a tulipiere? In simplest terms, it’s a vase for tulips.
They were invented back in Holland back in the 1600s. At that point in time tulips were considered very precious and thus expensive and valuable. They became a status symbol. The tulipiere was created with numerous holes or short spouts and a central water source and was used to display flowers. Experts vary in opinion on how they were originally used. Some sources say the spouts were used to hold actual flowering bulbs such as tulip, hyacinth, crocus, etc., while other sources say the spouts were designed to hold single blooms.
In my personal experience I’ve never used them to hold a bulb, but find them to be a beautiful vessel for holding many single blossoms.
Originally, tulipieres varied in size from petite to tall pyramids that would actually sit on the floor. While you can still purchase a variety of shapes and sizes, most of the ones that I have seen are smaller, tabletop varieties.
Oh, and if you’re wondering how to pronounce “tulipiere”, there’s a great pronunciation HERE.
Where to Buy a Tulipiere:
If you’re looking for the most traditional variety, you’ll want Delftware or Delft pottery (also known as Delft Blue). These are made in Delft, Holland.
However, I’ve seen similar tulip vases sold in a variety of places. Throughout this post, I’ve linked the specific vases that I own. I’ve also shared a list of other options toward the end of this post.
My first recommendation is to visit the Heinen Delfts Blauw store on Etsy. (Be sure to note the available discount code below before ordering.) These tulipieres are my personal favorites. While I prefer the solid white varieties, the traditional blue and white ones are available too.
The three variety I have from Heinen Delfts Blauw are:
- Cylinder Shape Pure White Tulipiere
- Round Tulipiere with 7 Spouts (13 cm)
- Three-Piece Pyramid Tulipeire
Heinen Delfts Blauw was also kind enough to offer a few discount codes for me to share with you.
There is a 10% coupon code on their Three-Tiered Pyramid Tulipiere HERE. To apply the 10% off coupon to this vase, enter the code “INSPIREDBYCHARM” at check out.
There is a 20% coupon code on any of the colored vases HERE. (Colors include: Green, Orange, Pink, Brown, Black.) To apply the 20% off coupon to this vase, enter the code “INSPIREDBYCHARM20” at check out.
Looking for more Tulipieres you can purchase? Here are a few others I love:
What Flowers Can I Use in a Tulipiere?
While tulipieres were obviously designed for tulips, they can be used with other flower varieties as well. I personally prefer the look of a single bloom variety flower, but you can certainly have fun with it and use what you love.
Here is how I used one of the Heinen Delfts Blauw tulipieres to style a variety of flowers and blooms. There’s not a tulip in sight and yet I think it looks lovely!
How to Use a Tulipiere:
It’s really very simple to use a tulipiere. Begin by filling the vase with water.
Then freshly cut the stems of your blooms and tuck them into the spouts.
It is a personal preference, but I like to keep my stems pretty short. The smaller the vase the shorter the stem is my rule of thumb. However, I have seen these styled with long tulip stems for a more wild look. Do what pleases your eye!
You can reference some of the photos I’ve shared in this post for examples of how I like to style my floral arrangements.
Depending on the thickness of your stem and opening of the spout, you can typically fit 1-2 stems per spout. When it comes to tulips, which have a thicker stem, all you really need is one per spout. However, I personally like a fuller look so I will often tuck two into a few of the spouts.
As with any fresh-cut flowers, I recommend changing the water and recutting the stems every other day. This will give your arrangement the longest life.
With very few styling skills required, it’s a really simple way to get a beautiful flower arrangement.
That’s a Wrap on Tulipieres!
I hope you learned something new today or just have a new appreciation for these beautiful and functional pieces of pottery.
Have more questions about tulipieres? Let me know in the comments below.