Known as the Cradle of the Gods, hammocks have been in use for over 1,000 years. The first hammock is believed to have been made by the Caribbean Taino people. These suspended beds proved useful at offering protection against poisonous or dangerous pests, as well as keeping the person elevated off the dirty ground. The Taino people would also place hot coals or kindle small fires under their hammocks to stay warm as they slumbered. 

Hammocks were originally made from the woven bark of the Hamack Tree. As such, they were first called hamacas, by the Taino people. Eventually the word hamaca  was overheard by a famed explorer, and it morphed into the current word hammock. After viewing these woven sleeping apparatuses, European explorers brought several examples back to Spain. This sparked a craze. And hammocks grew in popularity all over Europe. By the turn of the century, hammocks had also became an item of leisure for wealthy families in the United States.

The sentiment of leisure remains true today. Nothing quite says summer like a quiet reverie in a hammock strung from two tall oak trees. 

We do hope you get to celebrate National Hammock Day. If not, please feel free to immerse yourself in the captured beauty of the fortunate ones below.

Le hamac en Couleur by Michel Garnier


A Golden Day Dream
A Golden Day Dream by Emily Mary Osborn
Betrothed by Joseph Frederic Charles Soulacroix


The Hammock by Gustave Courbet
red hammock
The Red Hammock by William Henry Margetson



History.com Staff. “Hammocks’ Rocking History.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 20 June 2011, http://www.history.com/news/hammocks-rocking-history.

Written by Victorian Trading Co.

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One comment

  1. Timely topics as always with romantic and tantalizing photos which make me smile.

    The tricky situation of hammocks are the problematic solutions of getting in and out of one producing likely unladylike sequences.


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