The furniture from Rajasthan smacks of old world charm and yet, is contemporary.

Rugged doors from Rajasthan's historic havelis, antique bullock cart seats and iron jaali screens which once shielded medieval zenanas, morph into fascinating furniture forms at Central Cottage Emporium's Rajasthani Furniture and Objet de Art show, now on in the city. The exhibits resonate with history and romance, be it an elegant love seat with a log back rest embellished with brass work, a diamond shaped brass covered table which was once a bullock cart seat or three-seater living room sets with curved legs with brass floral and vine motifs.

Just right for a farm house, the sofa sets and tables are perfect for creating a period ambience while the iron jaali worked book case can be a conversation piece for the living room.

Jodhpur's wood craftsmen collect doors, windows, bullock cart pieces and traditional furniture and convert them into functional items. While a carved door becomes a dining table top, old wine cabinets and diwans are touched up, restored and embellished to become display cases and book racks.

The wooden furniture includes coffee and peg tables, three-piece living room sets, almirahs, display cases, boxes and much more. The exhibition also has on display painted iron urns, Rajasthani silk painting and Rajput miniature art.

The fair is on till February 7 at the CCIE, Temple Towers, 572, Anna Salai, Nandanam.


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