Furniture and Furnishings
The traditional Sardinian home is characterised by a particular atmosphere, with limited furniture – a table, a few chairs, a series of spits aligned around the hearth, a few jugs, a lot of baskets hung on the walls. All this represents a Sardinian kitchen, especially in houses in the country or the mountains, far from towns and cities.
The same simplicity characterises the other rooms, where everything is concentrated in just a small space and in few furnishings. The bedroom has a bed, the noblest object of the room, surrounded by one or more finely carved chests, on which the woven chest covers and few other furnishing objects are set.
Contrasting with the simplicity of the house as a whole, the beds are covered with abundant intricately worked lace. The most well-known examples are those of Ittiri, true monuments of lacework, embroidered bed linens and ample coverlets in bright colours.
The most characteristic piece of all Sardinian woodworking is the chests, more correctly, the wedding chest . They come in all sizes, some tall and narrow, others like small travel trunks.
Sardinian furniture can be divided into three categories: pieces that recall Medieval ornamentation, those with Baroque influences, and those showing 18th-century influences blended with island motifs. Still today, chests are a continuous source of inspiration for furniture makers, who reproduce the most traditional forms and uses, a refined furnishing object that integrates perfectly even in modern homes.