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The Origin And Development Of Pillow Covers

by Rong Zhang 02 Nov 2023

As one of the most common household items in daily life, pillow covers have undergone a long process of evolution from ancient times to the present. Behind this simple but practical item, it also reflects the historical style and aesthetic trend of each period, hiding a rich cultural and historical story. In this article, we will talk about the historical changes and style evolution of pillowcase in detail.

Practical and decorative combination of the ancient Egyptian pillow cover

According to my search for relevant information, I found that the ancient Egyptians were one of the first civilizations to use pillow covers from 2050 to 1980 BC. The earliest pillow covers were made of pottery, marble and other hard materials to support the head and neck and ensure a comfortable night's sleep. Over time, the Ancient Egyptians began to use softer materials such as cotton and linen to make pillow covers, and incorporated unique shapes and decorations into their designs, such as avatars, botany, and animal imagery, reflecting Ancient Egyptian culture and religious beliefs of the time.

Ancient Greek and Roman Periods: a display of luxury and art

During the Ancient Greek and Roman periods, as society paid more attention to the display of art, and was also a period of great romanticism, pillow covers were made of silk, wool and cotton, often embroidered with beautiful love patterns and geometric shapes. And taking the pillow cover scene to the bed, the Romans used more padding to make pillow covers softer and more supportive.

Intricate and delicate crafts

The medieval period, the production of pillowcases has been greatly improved, this period of pillow covers have been used is silk, velvet and this more expensive material production. And the pursuit of the most pillowcase is also more and more high, not limited to some simple patterns, but will be embroidered on the pillow cover popular and rich in religious cultural colors of the pattern. And this also gradually became the aristocrats used to show off their status and wealth of the decorations.

The evolution of modern pillow cover 

When society entered the era of industrial revolution, mechanized production has replaced manual, pillow cover is no longer the patent of the rich, and gradually become a household can have home decorations. Pillow cover process is also doing more and more simple and diverse, the material is also from expensive silk into ordinary cotton, linen, etc., while people are also increasingly in pursuit of comfort and aesthetics. Now, to the twenty-first century today, pillow cover still plays a very important role in the home decoration industry. At the same time, today's pillow cover has become more personalized, the style of the pillow cover on the market hundreds of thousands, countless. In people's pursuit of idiosyncratic, innovative times, pillow covers are also increasingly to meet the needs of people's individuation, now pillow covers can be printed on the text and photos and even numbers with special significance, becoming a unique decorations and gifts for people.

Summary

Over the centuries, pillow covers have evolved from practical to artistic and personalized, and have always played an important role in home decor. Today, pillow covers are more than just filling pillows; they are decorative items that express personality, convey emotion and add beauty. They are constantly evolving, bringing warmth and hospitality to our homes and becoming a unique piece of home art.

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