Established in 2003, Shimu is the UK's leading specialist in oriental and Chinese furniture. We offer beautifully crafted wooden furniture, as well as a huge selection of carefully selected Chinese antiques. You’ll also find a wide range of home accessories imported from and inspired by the orient. From our base in West Yorkshire we deliver throughout the UK and can also arrange delivery overseas on request. Our large showroom features both classic and contemporary furniture as well as items from our unrivalled selection of antique Chinese cabinets, tables and chests. We can also make furniture to order and provide an antique sourcing service.
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Style with furniture, antiques and gifts from Shimu
Chinese New Year arrives on the 25th January, with celebrations taking place in London and amongst Chinese communities across the UK well into February. 2020 sees us enter the Year of the Rat - the first animal in the Chinese zodiac. Those born under the Year of the Rat are thought to be alert to possibilities, highly adaptable and with excellent instincts, making them high achievers in the world of business.
In China the New Year is an important time for families to gather, with a dinner held on New Year's Eve to start the fesitivities. At the stroke of midnight firecrackers and fireworks are set off to scare away any evil spirits and to welcome in the new year. Gifts and money in red envelopes are given to children as a wish for a safe, peaceful and prosperous year ahead.
At the end of the holiday period the Lantern Festival is held, with the Chinese hanging lanterns around their homes, towns and cities as a wish for a bright future. Red is used to symbolise good fortune, while gold stands for wealth and prosperity.
As the leading UK specialist in Chinese antique and oriental furniture, Shimu offers a huge array of products to bring a hint of the orient to your home. Our red and gold antique and reproduction cabinets are decorated with traditional designs, perfectly complemented by silk gold tassels, oriental rugs and other homewares imported from the East.
You'll find our full selection online, from Chinese lanterns to gift boxes, lighting, furniture and antiques that bring a real wow factor to any interior.
Latest Chinese antique furniture collection available from Shimu
Oriental furniture specialist Shimu has announced its latest collection of Chinese antique furniture, now available to order online or through its showroom in West Yorkshire.
The collection was selected by Shimu's director, James Cottrell, on his latest sourcing trip to China and includes antique cabinets, sideboards, chairs and tables from the far-flung regions of China. Each piece has been carefully restored by skilled carpenters to maintain its character, ensuring that generations to come can enjoy its beauty.
The new collection includes a number of beautiful armoires and wedding cabinets from Shanxi province in central China - a region famous for the quality of its furniture making for centuries and for its wonderful lacquered cabinets in red or black, decorated with gold leaf or with paintings of landscapes and traditional floral designs. The equivalent of the bride to be's 'bottom drawer', these cabinets were originally presented as part of a bridal dowry and now make gorgeous statement pieces in a bedroom or living space.
The pieces will be arriving with Shimu's next container, to be shipped from China in the coming weeks. They are available to order now with delivery to customers expected in November. With around 30 pieces newly available to order and many more to be added to the collection soon, there is plenty of choice for those wishing to own a unique item of furniture with a rich slice of China's history behind it.