Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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Furniture

The home’s interior layout serves the functional needs of residents while the type of furniture and homeware encountered in the home reflects, among other things, the distinct economic and social strata of the region. Overall mobile furniture is kept to a minimal, except of course for the wealthier families who own plenty of homeware and European imported furniture that complement their homes’ local woodworks. You could say that the type of furniture coincides with the type of residence. It is obvious that a one-story house, with a low ceiling, where the roof is made with raw planks of wood and the floor consists of dry earth will lack special furnishings. According to Benekou, in such homes:[1] “they didn’t know of chairs or armchairs. They had benches on the outside and rested their feet on crates or round stones. With time they eventually made the first stools. Their table was a straight plank of wood. Everyone would drink water from buckets made of wood while they naturally preserved goods in pumpkin shaped containers.”

However Photiadou’s description of the homes in Syrrako is clearly different [2]. “Along the home’s width and below the three bright windows is a large seating area covered with precious fabrics once purchased by the home’s master from his travels abroad. There are also hand woven pillows from half a century ago which are also covered with a white batiste fabric and finished with a fine lace that his daughters would knit.

All furniture items were customised according to one’s social and economic status. In most upper class living rooms there was a low level table surrounded by handmade cushions that the women would weave on the loom. Nonetheless there were also cases where the residence was simply considered as a roof over one’s head and very simple furniture items in such homes reflected precisely that. Special purpose areas also existed in the home. One such example was the food shelter.

[1]. Petros Benekos. The Settlement of Houliarades and beyond, Ioannina, 1974.
[2]. Erminia Photiadou. The traditional home of Syrrako: short narrative on the village and its homes, Ioannina, 2005.