Suggestions For Asian Collectibles

When people start to think about decorating their homes with Asian collectibles, like Oriental figurines, they can feel apprehensive. It is natural to be repulsed by the idea of placing cheap, Dollar store knock-offs in one’s home just because they “look” Asian. Of course, the thoughtful buyer will be able to avoid committing this kind of egregious error easily. A genuinely intelligent person often thinks that he wants his home to have a vintage look because this is supposed to be what the East is all about. In the Eastern custom don’t we have respect for our ancestral traditions? Don’t we believe in enlightenment through knowledge of one’s self? Of course! Granted this, vintage collectibles are always an asset in home decor. However, we should remember that the word “vintage” really means a type of decor that signifies an earlier time period. What if I told you that there is far more to finding the right Oriental collectibles than this?

It is a market-based fact that many people like to decorate their homes and places of business with Oriental figurines. This is why retailers like Wal Mart and Target are selling the cheap products which are mass-produced. However, how many people really understand what Asian home decor really means? Some people, even those who are not Asian, desire a taste of Asian culture in their home because it is more in style these days. After all, people nowadays from the West go to places like China and Japan on vacation or business. They usually bring back an Oriental figurine or two for display. Yet the person who is reading this article is probably not this kind of sporadic buyer. You want the best Asian collectibles possible within your budget.

Let’s start with the obvious. First, you must decide on the size of the figurine. It is no secret that some very fine and high quality figurines are larger than other equally beautiful and elegant figurines. However, this does not necessarily mean that you will always pay more money for the larger one. Some large figurines cost considerably less than finely constructed smaller ones. Some times it may pay to start your collection with a larger figurine if you have taken the time to plan a strategy for your home decor. Yes, a strategy is a very helpful tool in making the right decision about collectibles!

The next thing you might want to consider are the vintage collectibles available to you. There are many vintage lines of collectibles. A short sampling might include the historical figurines like Kong Ming and Bruce Lee. There are mythical creatures from China like the dragon and qilin. Also in the Chinese vein are the figurines which embody folklores like the Eight Immortals line. Lastly, there are village people enacting ordinary peasant life in old China. It comes down your personal taste as far as making a final selection from any of these categories. Even a couple vintage figurines will add positively to a modern Asian decor plan in ways you probably can’t imagine now.

What if you would like to emphasize the beautiful aspects of Asian culture with your Oriental collectibles? Once again, we return to our beloved Geisha figurines for this desirable task. It is my personal belief, based upon a broad survey of the Oriental collectibles market, that Geisha figurines are the most beautiful and elegant works of Asian collectible art available…. anywhere! After all, this was the sole purpose of the Japanese Geisha: that is, to be beautiful, elegant, and artistic. Geishas are perfect for a shelf or hearth in your home. They are also elegant for curio cabinet. They are appropriate in most any display case you may already have. Geisha figurines improve your home decor almost without any extra effort on your part. Why do I say this?

The answer is found in the inherent symbolism of the Japanese Geisha artist. The Geisha wore an elegant kimono of classical Japanese design. In old Japan kimonos were often symbolic of particular seasonal festivals, imperial holidays, historical commemorations, and traditional mythical celebrations. The Geisha hairstyles could be one of many styles, referred to commonly as “shimada.” The bun style shimada was the most popular with the Geisha artist. The elaborate hair combs and hair pins which a Geisha had to wear indicated either her junior or senior status which was called “kanzashi.” It is no accident that a Geisha was often considered a moving work of art in almost every possible way. So, a Geisha figurine cannot help but bring this same timeless, beautiful quality to your home by her mere presence.

There is a final consideration before you choose an Asian home decor which includes Oriental collectibles. Asian interior decor is gradually becoming a very popular style of elegant home/office decoration. However, Asian decor involves a comprehensive understanding of this trend. Asian decor is far more than merely being linguistically correct by incorporating a little calligraphy into a decor scheme. It is more than buying collectibles which appear to be vintage just because they depict earlier or interesting periods of history. It is also more than looking for beautiful and elegant collectibles to awe your family, friends, and visitors. Yes, Asian decor is different because it is evolving through a process of continuous learning and adaptation. This is what makes Asian decor contemporary. This kind of decor revolves around light and provides ways and means to allow the passage of sunlight into your home. Therefore, it would be an excellent idea to remember these important facts as you consider the kinds of beautiful, elegant, and vintage collectibles in your home or office. You want all visitors to “see” your collectibles and other Asian decor choices clearly. Since Asian decor emphasizes a minimalist style, you will want key collectibles located in the right places for the full effect. You want the atmosphere to exude the spirit of Asian beauty, elegance, and art in one viewing!