Chairs started to be popular only in the 16th century
For hundreds and even thousands of years, people used to sit on various other items such as stones or benches made from different materials like wood. Chairs were a rarity and they only became very popular in the 16th century.
The oldest chair is almost 5000 years old
The Egyptians had some sort of ceremonial chairs used only during big events and celebrations and those furniture items were dated almost 5000 years old. Obviously, the only ones lucky enough to sit on those ancient chairs were the pharaohs and other important people.
The word “chair” comes from a Latin word
The word “cathedra” in Latin means something like “sit” and “down”. The today’s word “chair” was derived from the Latin word “cathedra” and it is widely used nowadays in order to describe a piece of furniture used by everyone to actually “sit down”.
You will never find chairs in Bible
The word “chair” is not mentioned a single time in the Bible. However, Shakespeare mentioned something about chairs eight times in the Henry VI Part 3 only.