Vintage wrought iron furniture styles
The Victorian Era
Every style from Rococo to Gothic was enjoyed a revival in the Victorian era. The best way to describe the dГ©cor of the period would as luxurious and opulent. Wrought iron furniture was extremely popular due to the fact that it could be ‘worked’ into intricate, elaborate designs. The industrial revolution had allowed for the mass production of the material. Traditional craftsmen produced fabulously ornate designs that graced the Victorian homes. Often referred to as a ‘heavy,’ style of decorating, Victorian England adored wrought iron furniture. French inspired curls, twists and swirls were popular both inside the home in mirrors, candle holders, coat stands and tables. An English country garden would not have been complete without traditional lawn chairs and wrought iron benches.
The Art Nouveau decorating style emerged in 1890s with the Arts & Crafts movement. ‘New Art’ was to move away from more traditional styles, artistic with curved lines and motifs influenced by nature. This also influenced the popularity of wrought iron furniture as curvy designs incorporating plants, birds, flowers and vines were easy to create.
This movement is best described as French country, although there are many different variations and interpretations. The term wasn’t coined until the 80s and aims to mimic the look of old 18th century country houses. It is heavily influenced by antique French styles. Rustic, aged vintage wrought iron furniture suits this dГ©cor well.