Design and Decor Dictionary - A

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armoire - A tall wardrobe or cabinet with doors, from the French 'armoire' as they were originally used to store armor.

antimassacar - Small cloth that is placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric. Also refers to the cloth flap on a sailor's blouse, used to keep the massacar oil off the uniform.

Ashai ware Pottery made at Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, since the 17th century. Tends to be made of coarse, sandy clay. Kiln is still in making and is well recognized for its modern, computer-controlled technology.