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There are many different types of tea sets available, ranging from traditional designs to modern and contemporary styles. Popular varieties include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, English, and French tea sets. Traditional styles typically consist of a teapot, teacups, saucers, and a serving tray. Some also come with a sugar bowl and creamer for added convenience. Modern tea sets usually have more intricate designs and can be made from materials such as ceramic or stainless steel. They often feature stylish shapes and colors that add an elegant touch to any home décor.
There are many kinds of tea sets, with many subcategories. It is further classified according to texture and form.
Tea sets are divided into cups, bowls, teapots, trays and so on. The earliest tea set in China is called “Fang”, with a small mouth and a big belly made of pottery. Wang Nang of the Western Han Dynasty once recorded in “Child Agreement” that “cooking tea is complete” refers to this kind of tea set. The earliest porcelain tea set in China was Yueyao’s qingci jitou pot and ear cup in the Western Jin Dynasty. During the Northern and Southern Dynasties, drinking tea was more common. In the Tang Dynasty, when the custom of drinking tea prevailed, tea sets were also improved from the original blue-glazed and white-glazed pottery to metals and porcelain materials. Tea sets made of gold, silver, copper, tin or even jade and agate were favored by aristocrats at that time, while ordinary people mainly used porcelain teacups. In Song Dynasty, people usually drank tea with teacups, and it became one of the contents of banquets at that time to “take a sip from a cup”. In Ming Dynasty, especially white teacup was very popular. Later ceramic pots and purple sand pots appeared one after another. In Qing Dynasty, there were colorful ceramics and de-painted ceramics successively, but still “scenery porcelain should be made of pottery”. Afterwards glassware and enamelware appeared one after another as popular varieties of tea sets.
Teaware can be classified into porcelain, pottery, copper, tin, gold, jade, agate, lacquerware, glass and enamelware according to its texture. They have different shapes and appearances. Some are simple and generous while others are complex and varied. The names of these teaware are various as well. Among all the teaware, Yixing purple sand teaware from Jiangsu is the most famous. Its shape is graceful with natural color and classic simplicity. It enjoys a reputation of “teawares take the lead”;Jiangxi Jingdezhen produces the best porcelain teawares which are known for their white like jades sound like boulder thin like paper bright like mirror. In addition, due to different tea drinking habits in different places, there are many teawares with unique characteristics in these places that reflect local customs and culture. It could be said that though teawares may be small but the world is big!