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A brief history of pillows

At Feather & Black bedroom furniture we’re rather fond of a good quality pillow. Rewind several thousand years and so were the Ancient Egyptians who furnished their tombs in animated pillows; often mirroring the striking images on the walls around them.

Even during this period, pillows were synonymous with wealth and decadence and quite literally the more pillows you had the better off you were! As patterns and dyes became more intricate, pillows developed as an art form, with China, Persia and Medieval Europe regarding them as valuable commodities.

In the early 16th Century, Tudor England embraced pillows and they were ubiquitous in middle and upper class homes. However, in 1509 Henry VIII infamously claimed that only women should use pillows when giving birth, but even this impetuous monarch soon realised that pillows were hugely popular among the Tudor elite and retracted his views.

The Industrial Revolution saw the mass production of decorated textiles and pillows in England. With a rejuvenated economy, people wanted to furnish their homes with new and foreign interiors and the pillow was a staple home accessory once again; this time indiscriminate to class and income.

February 5th 2010

Posted by: Feather & Black

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