Intricate And Elegant Chinese Furniture
Chinese furniture is a unique furniture style that can add real elegance to even small living spaces. Chinese furniture has a long history dating as far back as 1500 BC. Artwork from this period often denotes woven mats with arm-rests of intricate and elegant designs. Pictures of Buddha often show him sat upon a plinth of raised mats. By the time of the Tang dynasty furniture was becoming more sophisticated with roll back chairs and platform beds entering the homes of the wealthy. By the time of the Ming and Qing dynasties furniture was becoming increasingly evident in all homes. Two distinct styles of Chinese furniture are evident even today: The black lacquerware furniture which is usually intricately sculpted and highly decorated prized by upper class families; and the traditional furniture which is usually of a solid colour wood and would have been for the average Chinese family, yet it still retains the high quality craftsmanship if not the elaborate decoration.
Divided between these two finishes are three styles: frame-and-panel construction, The Yoke and Rack, and Bamboo construction. After all, the love of Chinese furniture means antique pieces are now highly collectible but there are also a number of companies that specialize in high-quality reproduction furniture, and some have even taken traditional Chinese styles and blended them with 21st century western designs to create truly unique pieces.