Romania is a European country rich in history, culture, and social diversity. It is only natural that their furniture would reflect the unique and subtle aspects of this enchanting country’s personality. Considering Romania’s position geographically within Eastern Europe, it is no surprise that such high quality furniture would originate from here. Much of the land of this region is densely populated by “strong wood” timber. Strong wood timber refers to any type of tree which produces wood sturdy enough to be ideal for use as furniture. Romania’s countryside contains so much of this strong timber, in fact, they have no recorded experience of suffering shortages.
In addition to sturdy oak and pines, Romania is a country with no shortage of expert craftsman. Most furniture makers in the country nowadays come from a long line of artisans dating back hundreds of years. The way to tell if your Romanian furniture comes from one of these lines is to simply look at the family name of the maker. If it is a famous name, it will appear many times in Google searches where consumer can then click on the links and read all about the history of these people.
For those living in Europe or Russia, it is not difficult to attain Romanian furniture. Trucks transport items as far north as Sweden and Norway, as far south as Spain and Portugal, and as far east as Moscow. Those living within proximity to Romania will pay the lowest prices for goods, while those living in the further reaches of Europe will pay slightly more. Unfortunately for people living in Asia or North and South America, prices for authentic Romanian furniture can get quite steep. Still, if the proper research is done affordable pieces can be found.
When buying Romanian furniture, the most important thing to keep in mind (besides the family name of the maker) is the date of manufacturing. For very expensive antique pieces, it may be worth it to higher an expert to make sure that the advertised date of the piece matches key indications that the piece is in fact really that old. For modern pieces, this is of course not necessary—however, one must always be wary of counterfeits when buying luxury goods. Keep your eyes opened for flawless pieces. A furniture which is too flawless may be an indication that it was made in a factory. A few blemishes, on the other hand, may indicate that it was handmade.