Hourglasses are said to have been invented in Egypt about the middle of the third century. People would carry them around, much like we do with watches today. Although a bit impractical in today's world, hourglasses still have a purpose – and that is home décor. The smooth lines and trickling effect of the sand create an unexpected and attractive accessory for your desk or next to an arrangement of photo frames. Today, this ancient creation features sleek lines, minimalistic design and comes in an array of colors, to blend with your modern room design. The juxtaposition is elegant and striking.