Thursday, August 22, 2013

Beaded Beauty: Yoruba Chairs

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

It was a little over two years ago when I visited a designer's apartment and for the first time saw a beaded Yoruba chair.  Thousands of beads were intricately placed upon the armchair frame to create the most beautiful patterns.  I was immediately enthralled and wanted to learn more.

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

Yoruba chairs hail from Nigeria, and were traditionally used by the kings and queens of the Yoruba tribe.  Essentially throne chairs, they are truly luxurious pieces.  No two are alike as each chair is handmade using thousands of tiny beads.

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

The shapes and colorways that appear in each design are exquisite.  These chairs would be a bright and colorful addition to any interior, and are sure to add a cultural touch.

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

The geometric patterns also lend to modern spaces.  I love this chair featuring repetitive diamond shapes, reminiscent of the kuba pattern featured in our The Beat wallpaper.  You can find these unique armchairs online at sites like eBay and 1st Dibs.  Have fun exploring!

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  1. Is it for actual sitting? I would be afraid to let anyone sit in it.

    1. Hi Edwina. It is! You know, the most beautiful things are to be enjoyed, so I would purchase it and enjoy it for years to come.

  2. Wow! This is cool.


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