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With a wild and unusual grain, walnut has always been a popular wood for making beds, additionally a good wood for carving it lends itself to more elaborate designs with carved embellishments. Walnut has always been a popular timber for manufacturing furniture from the 16th century onwards. It was most popular in the Queen Anne period of the early 18th century, still used but not as popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras and again becoming more widely used during the Art Deco movement.
Like Rosewood and mahogany, walnut has also been used in veneer form to decorate and adorn headboards and footboards, with burr walnut being especially popular. Burr walnut is generally veneered because the burr pattern only occurs where a branch or root grows out of the main trunk. It is therefore rare and occurs in small areas and so has to be joined to form larger pieces.
At Karma Beds we usually have a good range of antique and vintage walnut beds for sale online, including Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco beds.