Thanks to extensive imports of arts and crafts from France the Rococo period became established early in Sweden. Nevertheless, an independent style evolved with typical Swedish elements of very high quality. Inspiration for patterns and decor was lifted from nature and the furniture was painted in bright colors. Rococo represented a further development of Baroque stylistic elements, but with prominent asymmetric features - straight lines were taboo. During the Rococo period, furniture and decorative arts enjoyed one of their greatest heydays, uniting practical, playful and elegant elements. The word Rococo derives from the French rocaille, a rock formation or asymmetrical ornament that serves as the core of Rococo patterns.