Thursday, November 12, 2015

Decorating With The X- Shaped Curule Seat

Curule: (pronounced "CUE rool"):ancient seats supported on an X-shaped frame that trace their roots back to the folding stool of the Egyptians, c.2000-1500 BC. The Curules or X form of seats and stools can be seen through the medieval period used by authority figures such as kings and high ranking church officials. Latin curulis ‎(“of or pertaining to a chariot”)this elaborate ceremonial X-shaped seat was used by the highest magistrates in ancient Rome.

As the Curule Seat evolved, it flourished in it's popularity across Europe after the 15th century. In the early 1800's the X-shaped chair came to America as part of this country's fascination with French style and furniture. 

The versatile x-shaped Curule Seat is an easy accent piece that can add flair to any interior.

The x-design of the Curule Seat remained popular with various modifications throughout the centuries

From the Medieval and Renaissance periods and throughout the baroque periods of the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s these seats were constantly in use.

Suzanne Kasler via Veranda Magazine

These curule seats grace many well appointed homes today as well.

Curule Seats descended from stools reserved for high-ranking officials of the Roman Empire. The Curule seat was not comfortable to sit on for extended periods and was to be a reminder to governing officials that their office was temporary and not permanent.

The Curule Seat is a great aesthetic accessory but becomes easily accessible extra seating when needed.

Howard Slatkin

The X-shaped seat is so multi-functional. You can add a tray and use the seat as a small table.

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You can tuck them under a console table for an appealing aesthetic.

Photographer Andreas Trauttmansdorff

Curule seats are also ideal for an entryway. They work equally well in modern or old world style foyers.

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Curule Seats with their iconic shape make great coffee tables. One is lovely but a pair of x-shaped Curule Seats.........fabulous!

Design by McAlpine Booth Ferrier 

A pair of these versatile seats are perfection at the end of a bed. Pull them apart when extra seating is needed.

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These little x-shaped seats can add a touch of glamour to any room.

Embrace the classical past! Curule Seats were dubbed Roman chairs and have been a mainstay in stylish interiors.

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Sitting in a Curule Seat like this would give you the instant feeling of royalty.

Luis Bustamante

There are Curule chairs, benches, stools, and even foot stools like this one.

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Curule seats are always nice to have around for extra seating when guests pop in.

Frank Babb Randolph

Evergreen Antiques via Country Living online

The retro glamour of Hollywood's golden age comes to mind when I see an x-shaped Curule Seat, especially pulled up to a vanity.

While the Curule Seat can be a more serious and glam accessory in some interiors........

The Inn at Hastings Park Lexington, Massachusetts

........these X-shaped benches can be lots of fun as well. There are many wonderful fabrics to choose from and don't forget they look great in pairs.

Actress Brook Shields has a splendid painted Curule seat in her apartment.

This modern x-shaped Curule Seat draws inspiration from classical design and is embellished with nailheads. This style seat fits in well with other vintage pieces.

Cute and colorful bedroom with Curule Seats at the end of each twin bed.

KuDa Photography

The chrome X-shaped base of these button tufted, contemporary Curule Seats creates a bold, clean look. These are great seats to add to your collection of contemporary pieces!

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These gorgeous Curule Seats feature a classic Greek Key design.

As you can see, it's simple shape allows the Curule Seat to work in all sorts of interiors with just a change of finish or fabric.

X does mark the spot and Curule Seats are definite treasures for your interiors!

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