Deep Red Tulips

Deep Red Tulips

Deep-red Tulips framed stained glass panel designed by David Kennedy.


This Deep Red Tulips design is the first in a series of four Gothic framed panels. I had managed to salvage some old gothic frames whilst building my own home. Unable to make use of them in the building I still wanted to renovate and keep them. So I decided to turn them into display pieces for my stained glass. Mounted on some heavy oak bases so they stood upright they were perfect.

This piece of stained glass is imaginative. I made this in the middle of January so had no flowers to look at or photograph. The idea in my head was looking across a field of tulips as you would see them in Amsterdam. I made a full-size template and sketched out some flowers, reducing them in size towards the top of the frame. At this point, I realised I would have to put a border in. This helped to give the impression of them being beyond the window.

Dimensions including the frame : width 375cm x height 1060cm

Interesting Facts and History

Originating in Central Asia tulips became very popular in Turkey. In fact the word “tulip” derives from the Persian word “Tulbent” meaning cheesecloth/gauze. During the late 16th century they were then introduced into the Netherlands. Today the Dutch distribute over a billion tulips all around the globe and there are over 3000 different varieties of tulips.
In Amsterdam National Tulip Day occurs on the third Saturday in January every year. This event, which started in 2011 marks the start of tulip season. Dutch tulip growers set up a temporary garden in Dam Square containing over 200,000 blooms. Visitors can then come along and pick their own bouquet of fresh flowers for free.


The colors of tulips have different meanings attached to them. These Deep Red Tulips symbolise everlasting love, pink means happiness. Purple stands for royalty and yellow joyfulness whilst white ones signify forgiveness.