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Fantastic furniture

The Iranian furniture exhibition at Y.M.C.A, Secunderabad, showcases a choicest array of rosewood furniture that flaunts an outstanding degree of craftsmanship in every intricate detail.

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ENVIED FOR possession, eyed for appreciation and enjoyed for the sheer visual appeal, Iranian furniture always has a special place in the city. The Hyderabadi fascination for the intricately carved furniture was visible by the fleet of cars that have been lining up at the Y.M.C.A, Secunderabad where an array of plush Iranian furniture is on display.

Intricate detailing, ethnic designs and an elaborate array of the choicest hand-made chairs, dining- tables, centre tables, sofa sets, partitions, mark the ongoing exhibition-cum-sale which concludes here on November 3.

"We have a group of Iranian craftsman, who work for us and create the masterpieces,"says Mohammad Nasir who heads the Handicraft Development Centre at Saharanpur, which brings the furniture to Hyderabad.

While the prices are on the higher side, Nasir, who even exports the items says, "But, we have tried to see that there are different price ranges for most of the items."

KING SIZE: Feel like royalty on this exquisitely carved bed. - Photos: Satish H

A corner table might cost you anything from Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 15,000 while a small almirah would come in the price range of Rs. 5,500 and Rs. 20,000 depending on size and intricacy. Sofa sets are priced between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 30,000, dining tables can be taken home for Rs. 22,000. Partitions can be bought for Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 22,000. Lampshades can be acquired for Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 6,500.

"There are gift items as well, like jewellery boxes, key chains, decorative artefacts, etc., which come in a very affordable range," Nasir says, adding that although most of his items have been made and bought from Saharanpur, he is still making a few more items at the Y.M.C.A owing to public pressure and demand. "I was lucky that we came with the whole team and brought along with us a considerable amount of raw material, too, which is helping us to meet the demand," he says.

Going by the demand and popularity of the top-of-the-line, ethnic Iranian furniture in the exhibition, late-comers - if any - who are interested in giving their houses a khandaani face-lift should hurry up lest they are lapped up, by the time you reach.


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