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Although you might mistake them for an outdated piece of furniture for an older crowd, rocking chairs have seen a resurgence of late and can make for a welcome change to move conventional seating in the home.
The Vinterior team are big fans of rocking chairs and doubly big fans when antiques are thrown in the mix. Whether you’re wanting to give your interiors an overhaul or add a few antique touches to a living room, Vinterior is the perfect place to find those remarkable pieces that make your homes that bit more special.
Why antique rocking chairs?Let’s be honest, the design of the rocking chair hasn’t strayed too far from its original purpose or conception. Originating in the early eighteenth century in America, rocking chairs were uses as lounging chairs in gardens, but they soon found themselves in English homes too.
By 1860, legendary German furniture maker and craftsman Michael Thonet developed the bentwood rocking chair and soon after their popularity skyrocketed, being used outdoors, indoors and everywhere in between! But the overall shape and design of the rocking chair remained the same. For this reason, opting for antique rocking chairs is the best choice when looking for a rocking chair to place in your home, as you are going for pieces that are genuine artefacts of furniture history, rather than replications of the past.
Which antique rocking chair should I choose?Before you delve into the world of antique rocking chairs, consider these few things:
- Where are you going to place the rocking chair?
- What style compliments my interiors? Perhaps you’ve opted for a Victorian style of interior decor or maybe French antiques pique your interest - choose a style of antique rocking chair that complements your decor scheme. Or perhaps you want to through away the rule book and just pick something that you’re drawn to, that works too! Choose a piece that you feel a connection with, and you’re sure to find joy with it no matter where in the home you place it.