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Furniture has never been part of India’s tradition, this perhaps is as a direct result of the extreme climate of Rajasthan. Most people sat, slept and ate on the floor. Early European visitors to India were struck by the lack of furniture in mansions and palaces. What they found were low chairs, if any placed on woven floor carpets, Dhurries and Bolsters were provided for sitting on or against.

The Portuguese thus commissioned copies of their own furniture. The Indian carpenters used considerable freedom and created a striking combination of eastern and western styles. Later the French and British followed the same example and the roots of a foreign culture took hold and the craftsmen continued to produce furniture as was commissioned.

Rosewood or Shisham, from the Himalayan foothills, has for many years been a sought after timber by craftsmen, due to its strength, as well as its potential as a carving medium. The majority of the Kuno Indian range is manufactured using Acaia, the older pieces are Teak and Rosewood/ Shisham, and Mango of various ages.

Old recovered door, door frames, ceiling panels and window shutters are often used in the manufacture of parts of this range. This has a number of advantages, namely the recovered timber is, by virtue of its age, extremely stable and therefore not likely to crack or warp in our harsh climate. The new timber used for the balance of the product, in question, has been well seasoned (dried) simply by being in the mists of the Thar desert, which covers most of Rajasthan.

KEY INFORMATION

•    the majority of our new furniture is made from Acacia, Rosewood or Mango
•    the range is crafted from Himalayan teak/Shisham or Rosewood
•    the newly planked Rosewood and Acacia has been naturally seasoned in the harsh  conditions of Rajasthan.
•    the recovered pieces e.g. old doors, panels have naturally stabilized over decades of use in palaces and mansions across northern India.
•    painted items are generally crafted from Mango wood.
•    often the painted Mango wood pieces have wonderful examples of traditional Mughal art.
•    Himalayan teak is a very dense wood and is naturally insect resistant.

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