Oriental Shop

Oriental Shop

Shimu: the UK’s leading Chinese oriental shop for beautiful furniture and accessories

Here at Shimu we are passionate about all things oriental. From furniture and homewares to original Chinese antiques and accessories, you’ll find that our oriental shop has everything you need to create a beautiful home. Chinese furniture and oriental design has a unique and timeless elegance, making it the perfect choice for traditional and contemporary interiors.

We have a light and airy showroom located in Greengates, West Yorkshire, whilst our online shop also offers our full product range, available to order for convenient delivery direct to your door. Whether you’re looking for an antique piece to treasure for many years to come, or an accessory to add a touch of oriental charm to your living room, our Chinese oriental shop offers a wealth of inspiration.

Our oriental furniture shop

Our ever-changing range of beautiful original Chinese antique furniture sets us apart from other oriental furniture shops. Every piece is sourced by us directly from China and is carefully chosen for its charm, beauty and elegance. In addition, we also take into consideration whether a piece is durable enough to cope with the rigours of contemporary living. As such, you’ll find that our Chinese antiques not only look beautiful but have also been cleaned and restored where appropriate to ensure they are in perfect condition.

As every piece in our collection of antiques is unique, you’ll find our range changes according to what we have available at the time. Nevertheless, we aim to supply as wide a choice as possible, including trunks and chests, cabinets, chairs, wardrobes, tables and much, much more. In addition, if you have a particular piece in mind, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll endeavour to source it for you.

As specialists in Chinese antique furniture, we have an in-depth understanding of what sets these charming pieces apart from the antique furniture we’re more familiar with here in Europe. Chinese furniture makers and joiners utilise unique skills which have been specially developed over the centuries to ensure that their creations can withstand the humidity and fluctuations in temperature of the country’s varied climate. Nails are rarely used in Chinese furniture making; primarily, carefully carved mortice and tenon joints hold pieces securely together. This technique has proved incredibly effective in standing the test of time and can be seen today in pieces which are hundreds of years old.

Not only is Chinese furniture made in a unique way, but you’ll also find that many pieces feature ornate decorative features such as intricately painted designs, elaborate carvings or lacquered finishes. Browsing through our online oriental furniture shop is a great way to discover the incredible variety of designs which can be found in Chinese antiques! As already mentioned, we sometimes restore pieces if necessary, however, we always take great care to ensure that none of the original patina or unique charm is lost in the process.

Alongside our range of original antiques, we also offer a selection of superb quality handmade reproduction pieces, many of which are based on traditional Chinese designs. With furniture collections designed to complement a wide range of interior design styles, our newly made furniture range offers all the beauty of traditional Chinese furniture, perfectly designed for contemporary living.

Our timeless collection of reproduction Chinese-style furniture is handcrafted using reclaimed elm sourced locally in the region. This hard wood, known as "Yumu" in Chinese dialects, has been a staple of artisans in northern China for centuries. Its captivating grain and hue range from golden browns to deeper chestnut hues, capturing the rich patina of salvaged timber.

By sourcing well-seasoned reclaimed timber where possible, we aim to not only honour the rich history of this wood but also the enduring resilience of our furniture, ensuring it is suited to withstanding changes in climate or humidity. Though negligible cracks and shifts may emerge naturally over time, these markings help to impart an authentic charm.

Discover our range of beautiful accessories and homewares

Our carefully curated range of homewares and accessories is designed to offer a wide range of beautiful products for your home. From original antique Chinese vases and ginger jars to handmade ceramics, lanterns, wall art and lighting, our showroom and oriental shop have everything you need to create a stylish and welcoming home.

Soft furnishings are available in a variety of textures and designs, offering a cosy combination of comfort and style, whilst our lighting selection, including lamps and lanterns, is designed to create a warm, inviting space. We also offer a selection of Nkuku Ethical Homewares, with pieces that are not just decorative but also embody a sense of responsibility towards the environment and the artisans who craft them.

If you’re looking to add a functional yet stylish element to your home, our range of boxes, bowls, and baskets is ideal, and our oriental gift shop collection also includes a variety of gifts and ornaments, perfect for those seeking to give a piece of oriental elegance to someone special.

Create a stylish home with Shimu's oriental shop

Our oriental shop is designed to offer a wide range of beautiful, stylish and original furniture, homewares and accessories. Whether you’re looking for an original Chinese antique to add a unique feature to your home, or the perfect gift, we have everything you need under one roof! We look forward to welcoming you to our light and airy showroom which is located at Albion Mills, Greengates, West Yorkshire, or alternatively, our oriental online shop offers UK-wide direct delivery.

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