Dramatic Gothic Furniture

The Gothic Era can be traced back to Europe in the middle of the 12th century. However, it is by the middle of the 16th Century that Gothic furniture as we know it today became frequently used. Domestic Gothic furniture can be identified by key characteristics in its construction and design that make it unique and often sought after. Gothic furniture is a very beautiful, unique type of artwork that exemplifies Gothic architecture at its best.

Bedroom With Gothic Furniture

Bedroom With Gothic Furniture

There are three distinct time periods for the popularity of Gothic furniture. Gothic furniture originated in churches in the middle ages around 1400. By 1500, it was developed for use in wealthy private homes and was popular until the late 1600’s. It enjoyed a resurgence again in the 1800’s in Europe and also in America. During the Victorian era, homes known as “Gothic revival” were constructed.

Elegant Bedroom Gothic Furniture

Elegant Bedroom Gothic Furniture

Gothic furniture began in the form of utility such as large chests and sideboards used for storing such items as hard to come by linens and bedding. Because of the constant warfare of the feudal barons, the furniture was often moved about often and repurposed by adding feet and chair backs to chests to be used for seating. Decorative and utilitarian, Gothic furniture began to take on forms such as beds, chess game cabinets and extension tables.

Living Room With Gothic Furniture

Living Room With Gothic Furniture

Gothic furniture first appeared as sideboards and chests for storage. In the fifteenth century, tall back chairs and tables were also decorated with Gothic tracery cut outs. In the 1800 revival period, cabinet makers adopted the Gothic style for Victorian era revival homes. The style was largely encouraged and introduced to the Americas by the two books of Andrew Jackson Downing, “Cottage Residences” and “Architecture of Country Homes.”

Wooden Gothic Furniture

Wooden Gothic Furniture

Gothic furniture can be found in several different varieties of wood. The most used types of wood include rosewood, mahogany, oak, walnut, and cherry. After all, Gothic furniture is unique and impressive, and is ideal for people who love creativity and a bit of drama in their lives. It is also for people who are inclined towards spirituality and yet are very modern and secular in their views.