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Experience the exotic

Teak Heirlooms, the furniture exhibition (till July 7) at Zoroastrian Club is the prefect destination for those with an eye for the exotic.

OFF THE WALL: Masks for the home.

TEAK HEIRLOOMS, the exhibition with furniture from Indonesia is back. Priya Lewis was fascinated by the Indonesian furniture during her ten-year stay there and set up shop when she returned to Chennai.

A friend invited her to have an exhibition in Hyderabad and that is how Teak Heirlooms made its first appearance in the city in March 2001. This is Priya's fourth visit to Hyderabad. This time around, the emphasis in on beds.

TALKING TEAK: A wide range of furniture. - Photos: Mohd. Yousuf

Made of teak (naturally!) the beds are in classical old styles and European styles. The gracious four - poster bed would make you feel royal or straight out of a Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's novel. The sleigh beds with and without slats has an irresistible elegance.

The vividly-painted wooden masks are a must for a splash of exotic on your walls. The masks are in shades of brown and others in black with pretty colours. Coconut shells delicately carved with scenes from the Mahabharata and other motifs serve as lovely lampshades.

The wind chimes this time around are made of bamboo and another new entrant is the mobile. With the popular sun and moon motifs, the mobiles are ideal to hang up on a crib. A hollow bamboo pipe with a striking pattern is a tribal musical instrument. When you rotate it, it makes a soothing sound like running water.

TRIBAL TRENDS: Make a splash.

The innovatively-designed bookends (using books) would look lovely on your bedside table. Huge pots of clay covered with patterned cloth, brass candlesticks, and stand alone yin and yang figures beg to be picked up.

Those into serious furnishing could go in for the sofa sets in teak and woven hyacinth (it is called sea grass in Indonesia) and dining table sets. The narrow roll top writing desk is just what the doctor ordered if you have space constraints.

FANCY FELINES: The cat is a popular Indonesian motif.

Beviled glass cabinets, mirrors, linen baskets, utility boxes and a foyer arrangement of Chinese design are all part of the range. Objects made of woven reed with a wooden figurine that is characteristic of Indonesia make good gifts are as do the subtly-perfumed khus placemats.

"Indonesian khus is different from Indian khus," Priya said. "They can be woven into curtains and placemats." The all weather garden set would add that zing to your garden party or you could enjoy your morning paper, coffee and crossword relaxing on these absolute darling benches.

LIGHT UP: Lampshades made of carved coconut shells.

Corner tables quaintly named opium (nothing to do with the drug) and the lyre tables in the shape of the lyre add character to your corners as would the Balanese prayer chest. So if you have a corner, a stretch of blank wall or a room or a house you want to furnish or refurnish, head for the Zorastrian Club. The exhibition is on till July 7. MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

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