So, you are looking for a good spot where you can display the katana you purchased on your last trip to Japan, or maybe that antique Chinese vase you love so much, but your modernistic furniture just doesn’t fell right together with any of those items. Well, you might want to consider adding a little oriental aesthetics to your home. The best way to do that, of course, is by incorporating some oriental furniture in your home design. One of the most popular types of antique oriental furniture is classical Chinese furniture.
The history of Chinese furniture actually started around the first millennium AD when some people in China decided that they would feel more comfortable if they sit on chairs instead of the floor. Before that, most of the Asian countries conducted their daily activities at floor level and many of them do so even today. Although the Chinese started crafting furniture much later than the westerners, they quickly surpassed them both in design innovations and quality, especially when it comes to building cabinets.
However, the term classical Chinese furniture refers to a variety of pieces dating from the Ming and Quin Dynasties which lasted from the end of the 14th century all the way to the beginning of the 20th century. This type of furniture includes all sorts of chairs, cabinets, tables, bed frames, and so on.
Chinese furniture can be made from different types of hard and soft woods, but you can also find pieces made from bamboo and lacquer. The material plays an important role when it comes to antique furniture since similar pieces from the same period made from different materials may greatly vary in prices. Some of the most valuable materials used in Chinese furniture are zitan and huanghuali and this is because they are top quality hardwood and also difficult to harvest since they are not native to China.
Another important characteristic of Chinese furniture is that it is generally made without any glue or nails. The pieces are held together with a network of intricate joints which themselves are a true piece of art. This makes Chinese furniture surprisingly sturdy and many people actually use everything from tables, chairs, bookshelves, cabinets, and even beds in everyday life instead of just keeping them as a decoration piece.
If your budget is limited, you can also find high-quality replicas of any style of oriental furniture that will have the same impact on your home décor and you won’t have to worry about special maintenance.
But, whichever option you choose it will certainly add a little character to your space and completely change the feel of your home.