Wood Furniture in Syria

Syria and its people are known for many things, but chief among those perhaps is their culture’s long history of art and craftsmanship, particularly with regard to wood furniture and cabinetry.

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Syria and its people are known for many things, but chief among those perhaps is their culture’s long history of art and craftsmanship, particularly with regard to wood furniture and cabinetry. Syrian carpenters, joiners, and cabinetmakers have a rich tradition of making ornate and intricately carved pieces of furniture, cabinets, decorative boxes and doors. These functional pieces of art are often inlaid with mother of pearl, carved and hand painted designs and motifs, or sometimes a combination of other woods, known as mosaic wood. Today’s Syrian craftsmen use a combination of traditional and modern techniques to create their furniture, each piece o­ne of a kind.
The furniture industry (especially in Syria) is as important as ever before because more and more cabinetry and furniture made in Syria is being exported to other countries for interior decorating, a trend that is expected to continue for some time. Syrian furniture is popular throughout the world not o­nly because these wooden treasures are unique works of art, but because each o­ne holds a bit of history, as well. Within each piece of furniture is a bit of cultural knowledge passed from each generation to the next for hundreds or possibly even thousands of years.

As the popularity of Syrian furniture has grown in interior design, people have begun to import full rooms worth of furniture, or even entire houses, rather than just a table or cabinet, which has led to this increased export of wares. This means a serious boon to the Syrian economy from sales, and also from the increase in the required work force needed to produce the furniture, as well as those employees now needed to ship the furniture in order that still other workers can exhibit it to wholesale foreign buyers.


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