Any piece of antique furniture speaks of a country’s past. Antique furniture mirrors the history of different nations on the whole. Antique furniture’s development is influenced by wars, travels and discoveries of its time. Antique furniture is often linked to opulence of a country. Let us examine the different types and styles of antique furniture from different countries.
Antique furniture from China became popular from among the Oriental furniture because of the travels of Europeans to that country and travelers from that country visiting other parts of the world. Other countries in the Orient did not gain much popularity in antiques as the Chinese gained. Korean and Japanese furniture are not considered so much for their antique value as that of the Chinese. From the origins of the Chinese antique furniture that can be traced back to second century BC, the transformation from tatami mats to wooden seats can be traced to the Tang dynasty. The Chinese antique furniture styles of Ming and Qing dynasties are particularly unique for their elegance and daintiness. The Ming style antique Chinese furniture has been considered to be the ultimate model of Chinese furniture, with its exquisite craftsmanship.