Sofas are an important part of our lives and often play a pivotal role in our homes. We spend on average four hours sitting on our sofas every day; which has no doubt increased recently due to the impact of COVID-19.

Before the lockdown on a trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester (close to our Fittleworth, West Sussex Flagship sofa store), I asked myself the question: “How long have sofas been around and how have they developed over the years?”.

What I chanced upon at the Roman palace was an image of an ebonised / charred sofa from the ancient city of Herculaneum. The sofa was caught in the blast and found in the debris from the nearby eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and preserved giving us a fantastic insight into the original sofa design. From this, I was able to deduce that the traditional sofa shape existed long before we perhaps thought and even resembles the modern Knole type design.

After this my mind raced with ideas and thoughts; “Did Jesus ever recline on such a sofa?”, I certainly feel that King Herod did, how much further back did the sofa go? Anyone who can tell me this can be in with the chance to win £1,000 off one of our bespoke, handmade pieces.

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