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The Chairs History, Middle Ages, Byzantine

Constant raids and battles have destroyed much of the middle age’s historical registers.

Human’s body research and proportions studied by the Greeks and Romans were abolished, and with it, the organic design that made furniture more comfortable.

At this time, chairs started to have high adorned backrests that that recall the same architectural elements of churches at the time, predominantly using straight and severe lines.

Minor people in society used a simple wood furniture, having 3 legged chairs built with raw wood.

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BYZANTINE

Thanks to the high density of commercial trades, Byzantine furniture express the meeting of western and eastern architecture. Color and a variety of raw material came from the east, while the proportions and building system came from the west.

There were chairs with and without the backrest, even some with turned feet.

Thrones were heavy, made of wood, and had patterns similar to those present in architecture. Some were painted, or had inlaid gems, or even ivory reliefs. It was also common to use a small bench to rest the feet over. Also were put on platforms or under a baldachin.

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