Allumettes means matches in French. These wall hung match boxes make interesting and functional decorative accents. Many of the colors and patterns match the Sels, Utensil racks and other colorful French Enamelware pieces. They do provide a convienient place to keep your matches so you always know where to find them when you want to light a candle or the fireplace. A grouping of several of these would also make a nice colorful and interesting display.