Many people think that pillows are more than a complement to rest. A pillow can allow us to relax our neck and get a good night’s sleep. Even in the night of doubt, we tend to consult it! However, we don’t know its history. When was the pillow invented? As we all know, pillows originated in the Mesopotamian civilization. Pillows are synonymous with comfort and relaxation. They are pillows for the head and neck, providing support and a good sleep. However, in the past, pillows were not exactly the soft headrests we know today. The history of the pillow can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia around 7,000 BC, which is now Iraq. These pillows are made of stone and are obviously uncomfortable, although comfort is not their real purpose. They are very different from the pillows we understand today.
In fact, these stone pillows are used to help prevent insects from entering the ears and mouths of wealthy citizens. In ancient Egypt, the head was considered the seat of spiritual life and should be cherished. Egyptian pillows are made of different materials, such as ivory, marble, ceramic, wood, and stone. They also have religious significance because the pillows are carved with images of gods and placed under the heads of the dead to ward off evil spirits. Archaeological studies of history show that the first pillow was also made in the ancient Chinese civilization. This accessory is composed of hard materials such as wood, bronze or bamboo, porcelain and jade. It is decorated with images of humans, animals and plants. They believe that the material used to make the pillow is good for the user’s health.
Generally, jade pillows are believed to increase intelligence. Although the Chinese are able to make soft pillows, they believe that they steal energy from their bodies when they sleep. Therefore, they support the view that hard pillows bring health and intelligence. The Greek and Roman civilizations introduced the first significant development in antiquity: they began to use softer fabrics to make straw or feather mats. Owning pillows is synonymous with privileged class, and people often believe that jade pillows can increase intelligence. Although the Chinese are able to make soft pillows, they believe that they steal energy from their bodies when they sleep. Therefore, they support the view that hard pillows bring health and intelligence. The Greek and Roman civilizations introduced the first significant development in antiquity: they began to use softer fabrics to make straw or feather mats. Having a pillow is synonymous with privileged class.
In the 19th century, with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, pillows became common in almost every household. During this period, due to technological advances, pillows became more affordable because they were mass produced. In England, the Victorian era transformed these objects into decorative elements for sofas and chairs. From this period until today, pillows have become an essential product for our rest and comfort, and have even introduced components such as viscoelastic pillows, gel pillows, orthopedic pillows, pillows for resting and sleeping, and decorative pillows. The evolution of pillows is not over yet: new materials and shapes continue to emerge.