INDIAN HAND MADE FURNITURE
History : The availability of raw material and regional variations have long influenced furniture making in India. During the 19th century, Southern India was famous for densely carved ebony wood furniture, which was mainly used in royal furnishings. With time, however, ebony wood became rare and rosewood fulfilled the role of its immediate replacement in the South while walnut furniture became famous in the Kashmir valley.
Wooden furniture has always been known for its durability, elegance and design, which lends an aristocratic look to a particular room, be it an office or a home. The reason why Indian furniture has been regarded as prized possession is its ethnic flavour. In spite of rapid development in the tools and materials used, traditional Indian woodcarvers still use the simplest of tools and follow the style of their ancestors. This has helped a lot in keeping the traditional crafts alive. Block of the hardest wood is used as a mallet. Carving implements include flats of iron or steel, edges sharpened by the local blacksmiths. Measurement is just a simple matter of judgement, practicality and experience, which also makes the measuring tape redundant. Moreover, the products are highly durable and sport an elegant look with their neat, flawless finish coupled with an affordable price.
Among the many regional specialties, nothing can beat the Rajasthani and Gujarati woodcraft. The fabulous creations in wood, the antique look and the intricate craftsmanship are some of the reasons why the furniture from these two regions of India is always in demand both in India and abroad.
In some parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat colourful painting of furniture is quite common. Traditional designs and motifs are painted in colours, which are again traditional. The items that are generally available in this range are small chairs and tables, bajots and chowkis, stools with string seats, boxes, cabinets, mirror/picture frames, doors and windows.
In Rajasthan, the furniture that comes from Shekhawati holds its unique importance in the market. This furniture is made from local timbers like sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo), mango (Mangifera indica), and babool or kikar (Acacia nilotica). However, apart from the material used, the style alone accounts for a major bulk of wooden furniture exported from India. One can also get the preference in its finish, which could be between antique and exotic finish. Nowadays the option to make it look older is also gaining popularity. This is done by giving distressing treatment to the furniture. The items that are given this treatment mainly includes a large variety of cabinets, cupboards, almirahs, ethnic sofa sets, chairs, tables, frames, boxes and bajots, and many other decorative articles.
ORANGE can offer Indian Hand made Furniture with unique speciality in design based on various regions from India, be it from Rajasthan to Gujrat to other regions who has a history in skilled craftsmanship in making furniture.
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