Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese word that means the beauty and appreciation of things imperfect and impermanent; accepting the flow of life. The acceptance of the natural cycle of growth and death. It celebrates the marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Wabi-Sabi is the quiet beauty that is waiting to be discovered.
It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence impermanence, suffering, emptiness or absence of self-nature.
Wabi connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
After centuries of incorporating artistic and Buddhist influences from China, wabi-sabi eventually evolved into a distinctly Japanese ideal. Over time, the meanings of wabi and sabi shifted to become more lighthearted and hopeful.