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Later coffee tables were designed as low tables and this idea may have come from the Ottoman Empire, based on the tables in use in tea gardens. However, as the Anglo-Japanese style was popular in Britain throughout the 1870s and 1880s and low tables were common in Japan, this seems to be an equally likely source for the concept of a long low table.
From the late 19th century onwards, many coffee tables were subsequently made in earlier styles due to the popularity of revivalism, so it is quite possible to find Louis XVI style coffee tables or Georgian style coffee tables, but there seems to be no evidence of a table actually made as a coffee table before this time. Joseph Aronson writing in 1938 defines a coffee table as a, "Low wide table now used before a sofa or couch. There is no historical precedent...," suggesting that coffee tables were a late development in the history of furniture.
With the increasing availability of television sets from the 1950s onwards coffee tables really came into their own since they are low enough, even with cups and glasses on them, not to obstruct the view of the TV. Also, the use of similar tables has been recorded in the ancient Greek era, following the Roman conquest of North-East Africa. There is a theory by Koa Stephens, furniture maker and theorist, that the current standard shape and dimensions are in direct relation to Bedouin and Moroccan brass tables. Noting that, "It may be no coincidence that it is called a coffee table since these were the guys that brought coffee to the western world." The theory calls to its support the rise in popularity the oriental rug which is from the same region during the same era as the introduction of the coffee table.
A coffee table is just not a simple piece of furniture in one corner of your living room. It is just not a simple table on which you have your coffee every day. But it is a table, on which you kick start your day and get fresh ideas. They also give an aesthetic touch to your living room. Sipping a cup of morning coffee you surf across the pages of the newspaper searching for ideas that could make your life more interesting and in the evening you relax near it pondering how things went for you in the day.
Coffee tables can vary from crazy LED tables to those, which have been made into an aquarium. There are different styles and nature of it and the various types if uses of the table make it all the more useful. But most popular are the ones with wood bottom and glass top. A glass top table gels along with any décor but you have to be very careful with glass. So next time when you go to buy a coffee table have a complete picture of your living room in your mind and buy a one that fits it perfectly.