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A Brief History Of Free Standing Baths

Free standing baths have a long and interesting history that dates back to ancient times. Renaissance At Home features a diverse range of baths that cater to a multitude of tastes and wider design choices. Keep reading to learn more about our available options.

A Brief History Of Free Standing Baths

The concept of bathing has been an integral part of various cultures throughout history and the design and style of baths have evolved over the centuries but free standing baths have always been a prominent feature. Here’s a brief overview of the history of freestanding baths:

Ancient Civilisations

Ancient Greeks and Romans had communal bathing spaces known as public baths. These baths were often large structures with various rooms. They featured both communal and private bathing areas and some even had hot and cold water systems. The Romans were particularly known for their advanced aqueduct systems and sophisticated bathing facilities. 

Marble baths were extensively used in ancient Rome during the height of the Roman Empire. These days, bathing is very much a private affair but Renaissance At Home offers marble free standing baths as an homage to this era. The Tivoli White Marble Bath is supplied without tap holes, as are the rest of our marble baths, which are reminiscent of this era. 

Medieval Europe

During the medieval period, public bathing declined and personal hygiene practices were not as advanced. Wealthy individuals often had private rooms for bathing and their baths were often made of imported materials like copper.

In modern times, copper baths are a distinct focal point and the material itself has qualities that make it well-suited for this purpose. One great quality is the fact that this metal is inherently antibacterial. Models such as the Copper Bateau Hurlingham Bath are perfect for those looking for a traditional copper bath. Renaissance At Home’s copper baths come with a protective wax layer to prevent the surface from tarnishing, and you can read more about caring for copper baths on our blog.

More Modern Times

In recent centuries, baths and bathing have become what we know them to be today, yet our models, particularly those made from cast iron, are still reminiscent of those that would have been seen in previous eras.

The 18th And 19th Centuries

The Victorian era in the 19th century marked a significant period for the development of free standing baths. Clawfoot baths were often made of cast iron and became popular during this time. These baths were not only functional but also considered elegant and stylish, much like they are today.

Renaissance At Home’s extensive collection of cast iron baths promises a style that will be sure to complement your bathroom perfectly. From clawfoot models such as the Byron Cast Iron Hurlingham Bath to the Rimini Cast Iron Bath, there are intricate details that are not to be missed. What’s more, we offer numerous customisation options including over 10,000 colours. These can be chosen from retailers such as Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and many more.

The Last Hundred Years

In the 1930s and 1940s, there were developments in the production of acrylic materials. However, it was in the 1950s and 1960s that acrylic baths started to become more widely available and popular. Our acrylic free standing baths offer a twist on what many have come to see as a somewhat classic style.

In the present day, we look to the past more so than ever when it comes to bathroom design inspiration but modern assembly and manufacturing techniques mean baths have come a long way. Our models are a testament to this and we can’t wait for you to choose your own Renaissance At Home bath.

Get In Touch With Our Team

Call 01400 263 309 or email if you would like to know more about any of our free standing baths or other products. You can also book a tour of our factory if you would like to see the journey of our products before they make their way to their new homes. Please be advised that this must be booked in advance.

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