In the 18th century, the Chinese made furniture that resembled the English pieces popular at the time. The furniture was sold to sea captains sailing back home.
The English made other pieces in England that used pagodas and bamboo as part of their Chinese-inspired designs.
Today's furniture makers often make copies of an earlier period. French designs with lavish fabrics and romantic pictures have long been favored for formal living and dining rooms. A furniture store might offer Louis XIV rococo style, or the more luxurious Louis XV style and even Louis XVI neoclassical style. They all have carvings, swags, metal hardware and mountings.