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Furniture
Furniture is the collective term for the movable objects which may support the human body (seating furniture and beds), provide storage, or hold objects on horizontal surfaces above the ground. Storage furniture (which often makes use of doors, drawers, and shelves) is used to hold or contain smaller objects such as clothes, tools, books, and household goods. (See List of furniture types.)

Furniture can be a product of artistic design and is considered a form of decorative art. In addition to furniture's functional role, it can serve a symbolic or religious purpose. Domestic furniture works to create, in conjunction with furnishings such as clocks and lighting, comfortable and convenient interior spaces. Furniture can be made from many materials, including metal, plastic, and wood.

The Indian furniture industry is estimated at around Rs 35,000 crore (Rs 350 billion). 85% of this falls into the unorganised sector.

  • The share of the wooden furniture market is around Rs 60 crore (Rs 600 million).
  • The world home furniture market is worth Rs 20,000 crore (Rs 200 billion). During the past three years, it grew by 20% a year.
  • According to a World Bank study, the organised furniture industry is expected to grow by 20% a year and India, Russia and Brazil will witness a boom.
  • The range of indigenous furniture available in India includes both residential and contract system furniture, with an increased concentration in office and kitchen furniture.
  • Manufacturers in India generally use a three-tier selling and distribution structure, comprising the distributor, wholesaler and retailer.
  • India was the biggest furniture importer in 2004-05, with a 17% share in furniture imports worldwide. A total of 10,476 importers shipped furniture to India during this period.
  • The current imports are mainly from Italy, Germany, Spain, China, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.
  • The furniture market in India is mainly concentrated in A, B and C cities (the top 589 cities).
  • It has been estimated that the top 784 urban centres contribute 41% to the total consumer furniture market. A and B type cities together contribute 33% of the total market.

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