An antique (Latin: antiquus; “old”, “ancient”) is an old collectible item, desired and collected for its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era in human society, or simply the remains of ancient art, such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age.
Antiques are usually objects that show some degree of craftsmanship or a certain attention to design, such as a desk, glass ware or an early automobile. People buy antiques for personal use, gifting or for displaying at museums, usually bought at antique shops, estate sales, auction houses, or simply inherited. The term Antiquing is the act of shopping for antiques.
Antique furniture is one of the popular areas of antiques because furniture has obvious practical uses as well as collector value. Many collectors use pieces in their homes, and care for them with the hope that they hold their value or appreciate. Antique furniture includes dining tables, chairs, bureaus, chests etc, made of varying wood types, most commonly mahogany, oak, pine, walnut, teak and rosewood. Chinese antique furniture is often made with elm, a wood common to many regions in Asia. Each wood has a distinctive grain and color. There are a number of different styles of antique furniture depending on when and where it was made. Every furniture can be graded based on the period it belongs to; some examples of stylistic periods are; Arts & Crafts, Georgian, Regency, American Pastoral, and Victorian. Indian traditional designs can also be classified based on the era they belong to.