Doll houses continue to be an enchanting and popular toy valued by both children and adults. Miniature homes filled with furniture and tiny people have been around for thousands of years. The oldest examples are found in the Egyptian tombs nearly five thousand years ago!
The more modern doll houses that we are familiar with today, date back to the 16th century in Europe. These were built by wealthy individuals as cherished replicas of their family home. Doll houses, in this period, were also a popular way to study fashion and décor. Women in Holland and Germany created miniature houses for the purpose of interior design, and it was not until the 18th century that doll houses started being created for play. No longer were they only seen in the hands of collectors or wealthy citizens.
Doll houses have become a well-loved addition to children’s playrooms, and a classic gift at Christmas.