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Old Scottish Craft, Orkney Chairs
are as much about their history as their rustic comforts. In a resurgence of popularity, originals and reproductions with their eye-catching appeal and natural components are finding their way into traditional and modern spaces. Our collection includes updated versions that remain true to their notable heritage, which includes a pride in craftsmanship and new selections in solid framing.
The origin of these fascinating seat designs is the Orkney Islands, which lie off Scotlandís northeast coast. For centuries, inhabitants, known as Orcadians, have tended to small tracts of land called crofts. In early days, many were quite skilled in grass weaving, which led to the first stools that would soon evolve into Orkney chairs. With time and ingenuity, backs became higher and developed side wings to protect their owners from wintry blasts in drafty homes. These harsh conditions also kept most of the islands bare of trees, which led to the use of driftwood for use as seating frames. In addition, traditional Orkney chairs were lower to the ground, sitting on stubby posts. This was to avoid the cloud of smoke that rose from hearths in small cottages.
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