A Sofa in Time
Every night we come home, take off our shoes, grab a glass of wine (or any other beverage) then relax on our sofa. We may even snuggle up with a loved one while watching a favorite show or sporting event. But does it ever cross your mind how the sofa came to be? Who invented it? Why was it invented and how did it get to be what it is now?
Here are a few fun facts about the sofa or couch whichever term you prefer!
The word “sofa” dates back to 2000 BC in Egypt. Sofa is derived from the word “suffah” which is an Arabic word meaning bench. (Sounds comfortable?)
During the Dark Ages post-Roman Empire, the sofa disappeared. It was forgotten for almost a 1000 years until 16th Europe.
- The Roman Sofas were used by the upper class no doubt. (Take a look at that detail) We are picturing a Roman Goddess lounging on one of the above being waited on hand and foot. Ok now back to reality.
In the early days, cushions and pillows were stuffed with hay, horsehair, and moss.
The term couch is used in Ireland, Australia, North and South America while the term sofa is used in the United Kingdom. While the terms are interchangeable the word “couch” is a bit more rigid while the word “sofa” is a bit casual.
Here are a few modern versions of the sofa & couch. As you can see the original concept of a bench has morphed into something more. The basic need to rest is still present but now the style is as important as function.