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Collecting Oriental Furniture

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 191

Oriental furniture refers to the furniture that features style and design that originated from a wide range of countries and cultures from the Asian region including China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. Although the basic designs that emanated from these countries are somewhat the same, each has distinctive elements and a unique style of their own. Many people are passionate about collecting antique furniture either because it is their hobby or they are emotionally attached to that era or geographical area.

Generally oriental furniture features unique designs and construction techniques including lacquering to provide a smooth and shiny finish and chinoiserie which represents incredible and imaginative motifs and designs.

Antique furniture from South Asia is an emerging trend in interior design and home decor. People love collecting this kind of furniture as the beauty and intricacy of designs not only appeals to them but also it adds a richness and a sense of aesthetic appeal to their homes.

There are many antique furniture dealers that specialise in oriental furniture. Oriental furniture is considered to be very collectable these days. The most popular types of this kind of furniture that is currently being collected are Chinese and Japanese pieces.

Chinese furniture is typically fabricated from uncarved bamboo or wood with a heavy lacquer used to create various unique styles. Japanese antique furniture is identified by its extensive use of wood to implement elaborate, decorative work and intricate craftsmanship.

Apart from specialist dealers, the internet is also a reliable source to buy and collect even the most rare of oriental furniture pieces. You need to be sure to take the right precautions when buying online of course. Make sure that you are looking to get your furniture from a reputable source and be sure that there is a refund policy in case your purchase is not quite as you expect it. Also be sure to make the purchase on a secure site (you will know this because the site has an https:// address rather than an http:// address).

Collecting antique furniture is considered by many to be a worthwhile investment. However in order to know whether the piece you are buying is worth the price that is being asked, it is advisable to develop some knowledge in this specialist field before buying for investment purposes. Many people develop their initial experience by acquiring antique oriental furniture for their own pleasure before moving on to acquiring for investment return.

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