Tea Sets

With its long and complex history, Chinese tea culture has evolved its own unique cultural characteristics. And traditional Chinese tea sets play a significant role in the forming of Chinese tea culture. Different equipment and tools may be used in Chinese tea service.

The history of China's tea sets can be traced back to Han Dynasty. At that time, tea ware was made of porcelain and consisted of two styles: northern white porcelain and southern light blue porcelain. Gradually, more materials are available for Chinese tea sets, such as metal, purple sand, lacquer, wood and bamboo etc.There are many types of renowned Chinese tea sets, including some precious treasure. The gilded tea set possessed by Emperor Xizong of the Tang Dynasty unearthed from the Famen Temple in Shaanxi Province is a rare treasure of metal tea sets. Purple sand sets are believed to be most suitable for tea brewing. The purple sand tea sets produced in Yixing have proved the favorite among tea drinkers.

Many Chinese people like to collect the good tea set, because it embodies the beauty of ancient Chinese sculptures, paintings and colors. At the same time, it’s an ideal carrier of culture. Tea drinking is a leisurely lifestyle and mindset. It’s great fun to get together, drinking tea and appreciating tea sets. In addition, people’s special interest in tea sets reflected their pursuit of casual and quality life.