Chopstick rests are an artful and pleasant addition to every Asian dining setup. These small items are generally ceramic, but can also be found in wood and plastic types. Chopstick rests are truly an aesthetically-pleasing part of the table with their fluid, intricate forms and detailed creation. They can also be formed into small animal, plant or human shapes that take the form of miniature statues. Chopstick etiquette is an important part of Asian dining. Chopsticks left sticking out of the food are considered a rude gesture; chopstick rests give guests a place to store their chopsticks and are a small detail that can make all the difference. While these small additions are a valuable part of the presentation, it is important to consider the best type for your establishment or home. Traditional ceramic models look lovely, but they may be more difficult to store in commercial environments since they cannot easily be tossed and transported in a bulk container. Wooden models are equally appealing and can be stored without worry. Home entertainers may prefer statuesque models, which can also be displayed as art when not in use on the table.