Antique Armoires and Wardrobes
An armoire is a tall cabinet that contains shelves, drawers, and also occasionally space to hang clothes. It is also known as a wardrobe. The present form of the armoire which we are familiar with today was created in the 17th century by the French. The name is thought to have come from the Latin word “armorium,” a chest used to store armour.
Early armoires were very tall and quite wide, featuring just shelves without drawers or doors. As time went on, these additional features were added. Some armoires were plain and placed directly on the floor as they did not have feet, while others had sculpted designs, decorative paintings, and detailed hinges. These more decorative armoires became unique showpieces in the homes of the wealthy. Those who were less well-off often had armoires that were less decorated and featured plain hinges.
During the Renaissance, the armoire became thinner, taller, and less bulky overall, resembling what it looks like today. Originally used for clothing and item storage as there were no cupboards or closets in old homes, armoires now take on a variety of uses, including storing audio equipment, computers, and files, helping to keep your area beautiful and free of clutter.
If you are in the market for an armoire, take time to browse the unique and elegant assortment available at Carrocel. Our selection includes various materials and styles to suit your needs and décor. Adding an armoire from Carrocel into a room will surely make a statement.
For more information about the armoires available for purchase at Carrocel, please contact us. You may also view our current stock by visiting us, browsing our showroom, or viewing our online catalogue.