For centuries, canopy beds have been a part of Chinese culture, and their early versions were created using silk. During the Song Dynasty, when these beds became known in the West, they were used for a very practical purpose: medieval noble families often slept in their grand hall, and all of the servants slept on the ground floor with them. This was because the king or queen could not sleep on the floor to protect himself from mosquitoes and flies, so he chose to sleep in his great hall, protected from these insects with the sturdy, colorful curtain that surrounded him. The use of curtains during this period, and even today, are very practical, but the colors, patterns, and fabrics were a little bit different than you find today.
During the Ming Dynasty, a silk canopy was used as well, though not as many colors and patterns were used. Instead, the silk was used for ornamental purposes, so as not to interfere with the way in which the room was decorated. Because of this, the color palette for these beds was very limited. However, the patterning was incredibly intricate, with some of the most beautiful and detailed designs being used during the Ming Dynasty.
The Qing Dynasty brought a change to these types of beds, using more intricate fabrics and patterns, much like they had with the silk that was used during the Ming Dynasty. Some examples of these include red and white stripes, and a dragon pattern. In addition, this style of bed also began to be used for more modern, functional reasons as well. These modern day beds are quite comfortable and are generally made out of metals.
The early Chinese used these beds as a means of decorating the interior of their home, as well as providing a nice place to lay down and read before going to sleep. It is believed that these beds were first used by the Chinese around 3000 BC, as they would lie down on the floor of their homes to sleep and read, but would also drape a blanket over them, making sure that they would be warm.
The early Chinese are thought to have the first canopy beds during the Tang Dynasty. During this time, these beds were actually taller than normal beds, sometimes even reaching four feet tall, so that the person could lie down with their back facing the ceiling. This was later modified as times progressed, but the vertical design was retained, which still made it very easy to lay down.
The French used these kinds of beds in many of the early wars, as they were known to be very strong. As a result, these beds became an important part of army equipment. It is not uncommon to see them being placed into battle during World War II, when the use of such furniture would make the soldiers sleeping more comfortable, thus enabling them to do their jobs better.
Today, these kinds of beds are still used in new homes, and they are even used in retirement communities. They can make a great place for an elderly couple to live in, especially if they have a favorite story or favorite artist that they admire. These types of furniture can also serve as additional living room furniture, allowing a couple to sit back and relax together, with books and magazines, while they read and chat.
The most common colors for these types of beds are black, brown, gray, red, navy blue, and off-white. However, many manufacturers are creating new fabrics every day, so there is likely one out there just for you. You can find a canopy bed that will fit your tastes, or the decor of your home.