Indian Furniture: A Rajasthani Adventure – Part 3

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Our chief furniture maker in Udaipur used to be a “miniature artist”, a tradition that has long been associated with the lake city, and examples of miniature paintings can be seen throughout the shops and cafes that surround lake Pichola. Traditional Hindu scenes are painted on to silk or paper with incredibly fine brushes, some with only one hair, and the level of detail is truly stunning.


As the tourist trade in Udaipur fell away somewhat due to the global recession, with tourists having less expendable income to buy paintings and gifts, our talented artist turned his hand to the design and manufacture of Indian inlay furniture. He is still involved with the teaching of the art of miniature painting and we still buy his art work for our shop in Brighton. Some examples can be seen here. Since he has switched his talents to project managing the production of bone inlay and mother of pearl inlay furniture some of the projects on which he has worked are truly stunning. He was commissioned to work on a mosque in Kuwait and crafted these 10ft high mother of pearl mosque doors.  3

 

Due to the network of artisans in Udaipur, and his families’ long tradition of working in this area, our suppliers have excellent connections in the Palaces and hotels of the region. This has lead to them being commissioned to work on some of the most beautiful and opulent residences and havellis in Rajasthan. As can been seen in these i

mages they have created mirror inlay wall panels in truly incredible rooms, and have made bone inlay Ram’s head chairs for luxurious dining rooms.4

 

We hope that the fact our suppliers’ talents are fit for the finest hotels and havellis in the region fills our customers with confidence. Since we are currently the only
Western clients that these highly skilled artisans make Rajasthani furniture for, we can ensure a high degree of focus on our orders. This, along with our very close relationship, is the key factor in us being able to extend our bespoke order service to our customers around the world.

 

We have recently developed a “drop testing standard” of packaging that enables us to ship around the world with confidence. Thick layers of foam sheeting, corrigated cardboard, bubble wrap, foam corners and reinforced cardboard boxes ensure that our furniture remains undamaged even when dropped from a meter off the ground. This enables us to insure the goods to 100% of their value, so customers really can order in confidence. Please email bespoke enquiries to info@irisfurnishing.co.uk

 

Customer Reviews

Very happy customers! Bought a 7 drawer inlay chest of drawers. It's stunning and service and staff fantastic! Will buy again.
Sarah Lisette
Sarah Lisette
10:10 15 Sep 18
Beautiful objects from India. Much care goes into the making and sourcing of all their goods. Easy access. Friendly staff.
Great Service. Found these guys online and went to the shop and found some beautiful pieces.
Ciaran Clarke
Ciaran Clarke
10:33 10 Sep 18
When I originally started to look for some Indian inspired furniture for our house, I was halfway over to Lahore before I found the koh-i-noor of a company that is Iris Furnishing. The fact that this is a UK based company which ships in from India had me enraptured, and then when visiting their site I almost exploded with wide eyed happiness. The White Metal Embossed Sideboard we purchased is magically constructed, a frequent point of discussion for any guests and is a beautiful enhancement to all rooms. The service we received from the chaps who ran the company was top class, and I only wished I was at home when they delivered, to thank them personally. Do yourself a favour and buy something from Iris, it would turn your house into a Mahal.
DexterFletcher272
DexterFletcher272
11:06 15 Jan 18
I've had an impresive experience with Iris Furnishing. Just today I received my big custom order, A very large dresser and two large night tables. They are white with mother pearl and I am so happy and thankful, they are very attractive and unique pieces.Iris Furnishing shipped my order from their store to Madrid, Spain where I reside. So I didnt have to pay import taxes, a big bonus!. I love the hand made inlay pieces. I am actually thinking what else could I order...Thanks Iris Furniture you provide wonderful handcraft products and a great service. :-)
Silvia Herreros
Silvia Herreros
01:16 19 Sep 17
Ordered two bedside chests from here and they arrived today and I am absolutely over the moon with them - they are so gorgeous and they look amazing in my bedroom. Charley was really helpful with the order and the delivery - thank you so much Charley for making the process so easy. I am one super happy customer!! 😊
Rosie Evans
Rosie Evans
18:40 24 Sep 15