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Oak Antiques for your Home

Oak antiques add a touch of class to any home furniture. You can make your home look more elegant with the addition of these antiques, especially if you home has a traditional decor. Most of us like to showcase our antique furniture handed down to us by our parents or grandparents. They need to be maintained properly to last long and look splendid to enhance the total appearance of your home.

Oak has been popular from the medieval times. It is known for its durability and resistance to damages caused by insects and other bacteria etc. There are about 450 varieties of oak trees and they are mostly used to make chairs, tables, beds, floorboards, panels etc. The oak furniture flourished mostly during the 16th and 17th centuries. Two types of designs originated during that time. The Tudor and Jacobean. During those days the furniture had intricately carved designs and paintings on it. The Tudor style furniture was made in larger scales and had more ornamentation on them. During this period, the furniture was in great demand due to the extravagant lifestyle of the middle class. So they were manufactured in large quantities which can be found even today. Each workshop had best craftsmen and competed against each other to make some of the best oak furniture. Other styles that emerged later on were the renaissance oak, which is considered to have American style oak furniture, and the mission style which had more of clean, simple and straight designs.

When you are going to purchase an oak antique or even an antique beech wardrobe, do not get cheated by cheap imitations. Look for the intricate design patterns of the respective style and then make your choice accordingly. You can read more about these on the Internet and equip yourself with the details so that you know what to look for while shopping for these antiques.