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American Furniture Styles
Of the classic American Furniture Styles, Shaker furniture boasts a unique history. The Shakers were a Christian religious group that emigrated to the United States. Therefore settling along the Eastern seaboard in close-knit, hardworking communities. Their ethics of simplicity, integrity and hard work translated into their furniture craftsmanship.
Shaker chairs, built for the Shaker’s large religious gatherings, boast graceful curves. As well as sturdy construction and simple design. Shaker craftsmen soon gained a reputation for their furnishings and the fame of the “Shaker style” spread. Today, Shaker furniture is no longer crafted by the Shaker religious community but is still crafted the old-fashioned way by a few handcrafted furniture retailers (namely the Amish). And with the continuing popularity of Shaker furniture, a variety of new styles and designs have emerged, featuring subtle augmentations to the traditional Shaker style. For more information on the Shaker style, search for local handcrafted furniture retailers or browse online furniture catalogs.