The stool is a simple and versatile material, so it is much larger than a chair. The shape of the stool is very rich, the early appearance of the rectangle, has continued to the Ming Dynasty, to the Qing dynasty into a square, there are fan-shaped, plum-shaped, hexagonal stool.
Stool materials North and South, south of the stool is mostly woven rattan noodles, the north is more use of cowhide, the advantages of both materials are breathable, soft. To the Qing Dynasty, also appeared a marble-dominated stool, sit up cool, looks beautiful.
Originally as a seats stool, to the Ming and Qing dynasties have more use. Put on both sides of the bed as a footstool, placed beside the cupboard, with a few flowers, potted plants, bonsai. As for the tall top wall cabinets in the house, ascend to fetch things. In the temple, as the retreat of the seats, so here the stool is generally broad and short, the shape is elegant and concise. Farm use of the stool is rugged, simple, stool generally thicker legs, looks simple and solid.
Said the chair can not mention the stool, because no stool can not derive from the later chair.
Stool, the first is not the stool we sit today, it is specifically pedal, equivalent to foot pedal. It as seats, is later. This kind of seats develops to the Song Dynasty to use more commonly. In the seats, the stool grade is slightly in the chair, the Ming and Qing dynasties stool form Many, has the big stool, the long stool, the long bench, the round stool, the five stool, the plum flower stool and so on.