Antique Asian Beds - Sleeping in Style


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History of Antique Asian Beds:


In the ancient Chinese concept, a bed was a piece of furniture for people to sit and lie on, not just for sleeping. The word literally translates to mean "a seat or platform for one to settle down on." Thus a bed can refer to furniture that plays a supporting and steadying function.

The Chinese are usually credited with the original crafting of a raised platform to be used for both sitting and sleeping. This occurred around 475 BCE to 221 BCE during the Warring States Period. Before this time, a heated “kang“ was used. A kang is a platform built with clay bricks, heated with a fire underneath, and covered with woven mats. The following evolution of Chinese bed design brought people from the floor to sleeping and entertaining in elaborately carved and gilded bed chambers.

 

Traditional Chinese Bed Designs:


The first type of antique Chinese bed to be crafted was the simple raised platform with a woven mat for sitting and sleeping, also known as a Chinese daybed.
This design was followed by a more complex (and comfortable) raised platform with railings and/or sides. This type of Chinese bed is often referred to as a lohan bed. Other terms used are arhat bed, Buddha bed, or monk bed. During the 1800’s this type of bed also became associated with opium use and is thus also termed “opium beds”.
Following the platform bed, framed beds followed. These resemble the western four-poster, covered bed.
The most elaborate Chinese bed had enclosed bed chambers with intricately carved and hand-painted panels. They often included a sitting area and wardrobe storage area.

 

Oriental Beds for sale:


Silk Road Collection is pleased to offer these traditional Chinese beds and antique Asian beds:




Antique Chinese Canopy Wedding Bed with Alcove

Antique Ming Dynasty Chinese Day Bed
Antique Chinese Canopy Wedding Bed with Alcove

circa 1850, Zhejiang Province China, Mixed Woods
Price: $40,000.00
Antique Ming Dynasty Chinese Day Bed

Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), China, Southern Elm/Beech (Jumu)
Price: $10,000.00

Antique Asian Daybed, Lohan

Antique Ming Dynasty Chinese Day Bed
Antique Asian Daybed, Lohan

circa mid 18th century, Shanxi Province China, Elm (Yumu)
Price: $6,500.00
Antique Ming Dynasty Chinese Day Bed

circa 1500's, Shanxi Province China, Softwood
Price: $5,000.00

Antique Chinese Opium Bed

Antique Chinese Opium Bed
Antique Chinese Opium Bed

circa 1800, Santau Indonesia, Elm (Yumu)
Price: $4,950.00
Antique Chinese Opium Bed

Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), China,
Price: $4,950.00

Antique Asian Platform Double Bed

Antique Pakistani Charpoi Bed
Antique Asian Platform Double Bed

Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), China,
Price: $4,250.00
Antique Pakistani Charpoi Bed

circa 1850-1875, Swat Valley Pakistan, Cedar (Nanmu)
Price: $3,950.00

Ming Dynasty Antique Chinese Single Bed

Asian Antique Ta Bed
Ming Dynasty Antique Chinese Single Bed

Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), China, Wood
Price: $3,750.00
Asian Antique Ta Bed

circa 1825-1850, Southern China, Mixed Soft Woods
Price: $3,500.00

Chinese Antique Platform Bed

Ming Style "Doggie" Daybed
Chinese Antique Platform Bed

circa 1850, Shanxi China, Elm (Yumu)
Price: $2,880.00
Ming Style "Doggie" Daybed

Contemporary, Beijing China, Elm (Yumu)
Price: $2,850.00

Antique Chinese Day Bed with Original Cane Top

Antique Oriental Day Bed
Antique Chinese Day Bed with Original Cane Top

Late Qing Dynasty (late 1800's), China, Wood
Price: $2,750.00
Antique Oriental Day Bed

Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), China, Wood
Price: $2,750.00

Chinese Lohan or Daybed

Chaise lounge or Chinese "Lady's Bed"
Chinese Lohan or Daybed

Contemporary, China, Elm (Yumu)
Price: $2,250.00
Chaise lounge or Chinese "Lady's Bed"

Vintage, Shanxi Province China, Cedar (Nanmu) and Rattan (Teng)
Price: $1,295.00