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We travel to Rajasthan to handpick these domestic cabinets, which have been sourced from villages all over north India. A common feature of most homes in India, these old cabinets have often been painted many times over the years and as the paint wears with age the different layers of colour are revealed to beautiful effect.
Each piece we select is restored by carpenters who give the cabinets a new lease of life whilst retaining their historical character.
We often convert our doors and door frames to mirrors, dining tables or coffee tables but they are equally beautiful standing on their own. Historically these pieces have been an important part of Indian architecture. Enormous brass studded doors protected forts and prevented ramming by elephants when villages were attacked. Smaller doors from havelis (merchant’s houses) also bore these studs to deter thieves; the complexity of the carving reflected the economic standing of the owner.
All shipments containing teak wood furniture from India are fumigated to exterminate any insects still remaining in the wood.
For this collection our carpenters in India use planks of reclaimed teak to create furniture in a contemporary style. We use a mix of materials such as glass, stainless steel and iron to contrast with the old wood. Each piece is handmade and the paint finish is unique to each item of furniture.
After functioning for years in buildings and homes throughout India the wood is seasoned through exposure to the environment. This minimizes the risk of cracking.
All shipments containing teak wood furniture from India are fumigated to exterminate any insects in the wood.