History of the four-poster bed
From the Middle Ages to today

The four-poster bed has ancient origins, as early as the 11th Century there are records of the word “baldekinus” to name the silk curtains that were imported from Bagdad. These cloths were first used in the Italian Maritime Republics to enrich the treasures they kept in the cathedrals, these peculiar objects were named “baldekino” or “baudaquen”.
In 1200 the term was used for a peculiar drape, usually square or rectangular, that was used to pay homage to sacred objects or to protect important people like kings, emperors, cardinals or bishops. Besides, they started being used as beds among nobles, to offer shelter in the night…also from the prying eyes of the servants.
Actually, men have always used cloths to protect themselves during the night, for example the nomads used to build tents, the Assyrians made their umbrellas and the Egyptians built very similar structure, it is reasonable to think that the West got wind of this custom, and Europeans starting using it the same way.

Originally, the four-poster bed was draped with light cloths, like silk or linen, that were laid on the four posters, but these were not attached to the bed. The use of this primaeval four-poster bed became so popular among the nobility that beds with built in four-posters were soon created.

It was not until the 16th and 17th century though that diffusion of the modern four-poster bed started. Many models of four-poster beds became common in time, for example the one completely encircled in richly decorated heavy cloths.
Today the four-poster bed has become trendy again, also thanks to the interest payed to it by important designers, it is still a highly appreciated and admired object.

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