When I was in my youth with little knowledge of interior design I always wondered what the use of tiny pillows on couches and beds were. Come to find out that my family didn’t have the greatest eye for interior design, the now obvious reasoning, never surfaced.
Decorative pillows have been used for centuries in and outside of the United States. In other countries other than the United States, such as Europe, these pillows are known as cushions or bolsters. These smaller pillows are used for decorative purposes of tying color schemes together in a room.
On the other side of pillows, when used for less than decorative and more for support in the sleep, we look to to history to tell us a little more. In ancient Mesopotamia, there are archaeological findings of carved wooden neck rests. Scientist and archaeologists have stated, funny enough, that they believe these were less used for comfort and support but, so that insects would not invade their brains! In ancient Egypt, these supportive headrests were deemed to be holy and that head rests promoted great health and breathing during sleep. Pillows and headrests were even sculpted, adorned with hieroglyphics and carvings of gods as the sign of the pillow’s religious value.
Pillows were not seen as a common material possession until the Victorian era because all other interior design aspects were quite expensive and the use of fabric on a pillow was not a necessary thing to have. Even when there were pillows in use, they were typically used for the elevation of the feet.
Pillows are a very commonly used thing within households today, from decorative pillows to bedtime pillows. We all live as the wealthy kings and queens once did. Items of wealth have changed but, it always will. Even when you have the “best of everything” one day, someone or something else will tell you it’s not. Be grateful for all things in life, for each moment, to each moment.