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Picture of Antique

In today’s blog, I am going to talk about accessories
from our company.

We basically collect antiques from Northern
China and Antique market. After we get them, we will clean them and doing a
little bit restore. Our experts will also identify these antiques’ value. Then,
we sell them to the markets and individuals.

Therefore, these accessories our company has
are worthwhile.

Here below are some pictures about our
antique accessories:

Bronze Ware- Dragon

Purple Sand

Chinese Painting

 

Stone Work

 

Fabric

 

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For developing my blog, I have introduced our company a lot about how we manage the factory and produce products. So in today’s blog, I am going show some finished products.

Shelf- Stunning Hand carved Display Unit in Elm wood.

Shelf- Stunning Hand carved Display Unit in Elm wood.

 

 

Antique style emperor’s folding hunting chair.

 

 

Antique style Chinese altar table in Walnut wood.

 

 

A bedroom set.

 

These are only a small portion of our products. We do decorate for customers who want a better design of our furniture for their home. We also use different kinds of wood depends on customers’ favorite.

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Globalization has diversified the markets of all businesses and wholesale furnishing trade is no exception. The turning of the world into a global village has enabled the US reach too far away markets and thus increased its exports of furnishings or attained more global customers. Many consumers from other ends of the world prefer the products from United States because of their quality and reliability. However, the same globalization is a challenge to demand given that consumers (especially home consumers) have been given exposed to other viable choices and thus stiff competition from other regions often deals a blow to the high demand.

Demand is determined by the demographics in terms of age, socioeconomic status, geographical distribution and the ethnic/cultural contexts. With the increase in population, the demand increases. The current combined population of North America is about 6milllion people, thus boosting the demand for furniture and furnishings. On specific elements of population e.g. cultural or age, demand is high when the furnishings are customized for the given age group or in consideration cultural aspects of the customers.

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High furniture production costs make wholesale furnishing trade an expensive affair. However, most firms from North America have the benefit of large economies of scale and thus are able to do with the high production costs. Nonetheless, the problem is worsened by cheaply produced furniture and furnishings from Asia. The Dragon Heir company, for instance, has been able to grow and diversify its operations thanks to low production costs. Dragon Heir has expanded product base from antique Chinese furniture to include reproductions from the Ming Dynasty, new-classic Chinese furniture, and home decor accessories including: paintings, lights, fabric items, bronze ware, stone ware, silk flowers, porcelain, pottery, and glassware.

Advancement in technology especially telecommunication and technology has boosted demand for furnishings from this region. Orders can now easily be placed and paid for via the Internet and then delivered quickly through air unlike in the past. Technology has also enabled meeting of high demand given that mass production is now possible in a short with the help of machines. Similarly, the Internet technology has revolutionized how traders and their consumer engage. There has been increased online shopping in the recent past because of factors such as convenience of shop online with increased individual choice together with lots of variety to choose from.

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Overhead refer to all manufacturing costs, excluding direct labor, freight and raw materials. China for example, has relatively low overhead costs compared to USA. Low construction costs in China enable wholesalers to rapidly expand while maintaining the low cost advantage. Given that the terms of trade are not necessarily similar in China and USA, China has a competitive advantage in terms of less expenditure on overheads. For instance, building standards in China are less demanding than in USA with the former lacking sufficient dust collection systems, sprinkler systems, and many other safety and convenience features. With this minimal initial investment helps make overhead costs lean while maximizing profits.

As anyone knows, Chinese labor cost is cheaper than anywhere else in the world. This is one of the biggest advantages that Chinese companies keep a low overhead cost. We, dragon Heir, have a batch of well trained workman; they are also skillful in making furniture. Because of these talented workmen, our company could operate well since a few decades ago.

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Wood in Furniture Use

Wood is a necessities element for making furniture. There are many kinds of woods are good to use. We, Dragon Heir Company, basically use rosewood, Indian narra wood, and walnut wood in our furniture. We purchase wood is from southern China because of humid climate, wood tends to grow better and stronger in southern China.

We also buy a large number of rosewood from South East Asia due to their cheaper price, and there is a kind of wood called KOSSO which is original from southern China we use. The currently chosen wood material in the market is Hainan yellow rosewood, Indian rosewood, and Lao’s annatto, but this kind of wood is rare because they grow slowly and valuable. The furniture and accessories made in KOSSO can sell from ten thousand to a million dollar in the furniture and antique market.

For the wholesale part, we tend to use walnut wood. This kind of wood is strong enough and can be used longer than other woods. Thus, for restaurant, office, and public use with a large number of orders in furniture, walnut wood is the best material.

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Source of Supply

There are basically two ways we produce our products: wholesale and retail. So let’s talk about this attentively.

With a number of workmen in our furniture factory, we design and make retail furniture through these workers’ hands parts by parts. Therefore, we purchase raw materials from Southern China, and then start to produce finished good on our own. There is also another way we do retail that with a big interest in antique, we actually buy curios from Northern China and Antique Markets. After we get them, we clean these antiques carefully, and we identify their value with our knowledge in the furniture antique appraisal.

Another way we do our business is wholesaling. So it is basically mean we purchase semi finished products, and assemble them together in our factory. This is even easier than retail because we just buy parts from other furniture seller in Beijing. We connect with these furniture sellers, and they provide us a large number of semi finished products.

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Furniture Industries

There is a research my friend did on furniture industries. I think he is thoughtful on the research project. So I pick some main ideas from his work

By Bohao Li

“The wholesale furnishing trade is a huge one in the world and especially in the North America. The industry supplies both to household and commercial markets. It is basically categorized into three main areas in the business of furnishings, namely: Residential furniture/furnishings, commercial (office or corporate) and hospitality (hotels, motels, resorts etc.). Residential furnishings section is the largest with about two-thirds of production output. Many states and territories of North American countries have established wholesale furnishing trade, providing employment to thousands of their customers.

The wholesale furnishing trade in North America countries booms because of its unrivalled quality of the products. United States, for example, is famed for its high-end furnishing materials and products in that do not only export to its neighbors like Canada and Mexico but also outside the continent into Europe and Africa. The quality is brought by the expertise of the North Americans and also use of very excellent raw material both from home from other places like Asia. North American furniture has continued to get tough competitors from Asian companies in terms of quality. A good example is Dragon Heir, a furnishing store in China. The wholesale which deals woods and produces all kinds of furniture to sale in China and Canada has become increasingly popular for its finest selection of quality antiques and furnishings.”

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Ming and Qing dynasty antique furniture are celebrated components of Chinese culture. Combining exquisite design and highly detailed workmanship and carving, these treasured antiques convey China’s rich history and culture.

Antiques from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) are often considered the model of Chinese furniture. Carpentry skills learned from the Song and Yuan dynasties were combined with increased prosperity, and imported hardwood from Southeast Asia giving rise to furniture of simple elegance and unparalleled craftsmanship. Ming pieces are recognized by fluid lines and appealing proportions. In Ming furniture the natural beauty of the wood is emphasized along with open carving and latticework.

The later Qing (1644-1911) style became larger and more imposing than its Ming predecessor. Carving was more elaborate and decorative inlays became signatures of Qing pieces.

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As my About Me page said, I’m an intermediary at the Dragon Heir Chinese Traditional Furniture Company, so my blog will be focus on Chinese Traditional Furniture, and the process of designing, making, and selling these furniture.

Dragon Heir is a family tradition of furniture manufacturing from Beijing, China. With the unique of fascination to attract people, the feature of Chinese style furniture is elegant and cultural. It is our mission to bring the finest selection of quality antiques and furnishings to the world market. The company is named Dragon Heir, which means descendants of the dragon, because dragon is the metaphor for the Chinese nation,so Chinese people call themselves the descendants of the dragon. By using this name, our company wants to keep this Chinese culture and popularize it to the world.

I personally like Chinese traditional furniture because I grew up in China, and I seen these kind of cultural stuff everyday in my life. When I saw some foreigners came to china and liked our culture, I was happy and wanted to promote this culture to the world someday to let people know more about my country. Also, I like moods. I like trees and their smell. When I see those woods in furniture, I feel like there’s always some history behind them that makes them meaningful. Thus, it is interesting to know about moods and furniture.

Anyways, I hope you will like and get to know Chinese traditional furniture through my blog, and please follow me.

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