The history of furniture in those countries where it can be traced, closely follows the character, customs and environments of the people and corresponds in growth to the de\elop-rrient of their civilization and refinement, the skill of their workmen and the use of mproved tools, etc., etc..
In order to give a brief outline of its history from the oldest civilization to the present ti'rne, we will begin with Egypt.
There are very few original pieces of furniture of the early ages m existence and most of the information of tins period is gathered from illustrations. However, owing to climatic and other conditions, a numfter of genuine specimens of Egyptian furniture have come down to us and we have a more complete record of the work of this country than many of the later nations.
The Assyrians, Babylonians and Jews, who were next in order, did not develop anything distinct in style, and ha\e left very few specimens that can be attributed to them.
Next come the: Greeks, whose work in classic art shows such an exquisite sense of beauty and form that their influence on succeeding styles has l*een very great. Roman art was greatly influenced by them but they added to it and developed certain characteristics of their own. One distinct feature of the'r work which differed from the Greeks, was their use of the round arch. The work of the Greeks and Romans form what is known as the Classic n architecture and furniture designing.
After the Roman came a style called Byzantine. Then the Moslem power arose and with it came the Islam style of ornament which was confined chiefly to floral and geometrical motives. The Moslem religion prohibited them from using human or animal forms in their designs. They also developed a peculiar style of pointed arch. Meanwhile classic art had begun to decay and a style arose called Gothic.
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