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🛏 CANOPY BEDS 🛏
🛏 Royals and the super wealthy, always live in sprawling, opulent castles or manor houses, with magnificent furniture, and gorgeous canopied beds.
Beautiful four-poster beds, intricately carved, and decorated with the best swathes of silk or velvets.
🛏 But those canopies weren't just there for decoration, they served a functional use too.
The canopy bed arose from a need for warmth and privacy in shared rooms.
Private bedrooms where only one person slept were practically unknown in medieval and early modern Europe.
It was common for the wealthy and nobility to have servants and attendants, who slept in the same room.
🛏 Even in very modest homes, it was not uncommon to hang a simple curtain across a room to shield the bed from cold drafts, and create a sense of division between living space and sleeping space.