Where Does Bone Inlay Furniture Come From?
The ancient Indian art of bone inlay has its origins in the Rajput dynasties of the 10th Century. Palaces used to commission inlay furniture and architectural features, creating the glittering aesthetics of opulence in the Royal interior décor, that can be seen and enjoyed by tourists today. Even now Rajasthani royalty sends out for new works to be completed by the master craftsmen of Rajasthan, whose time honoured skills have been distilled and refined over the ages, resulting in the extraordinary quality of workmanship present in this bone inlay chest of drawers.
How Ethical is Bone Inlay furniture?
Historically ivory was used for inlay but thankfully ethical laws now ensure that modern bone inlay is created from camel bone harvested from desert camels, who have died only of natural causes. We travel to India regularly and work closely with the craftsmen, overseeing fair trade conditions and the sourcing of materials, ensuring the ethical and consistently high quality of everything that goes into one of our pieces of Indian furniture.
Why Use Sheesham Wood for Bone Inlay Furniture?
Both Sheesham and Mango wood are resilient woods commonly used in the production of furniture in India, not solely thanks to their rapid growth and capacity for easy replanting, but thanks to their resistance to the ravages of decay, their durability and strength and their ability to hold their shape regardless of fluctuations in temperature and humidity, making them ideal wood for long-lasting, smooth functioning furniture like the inlaid chest of drawers here, created as works of art in equal measure to superb design.
How Can I Order Bespoke Inlay Furniture?
The artisans who turn out pieces like this geometric design chest of drawers are happy to turn their hand to bespoke furniture requests so if you would like this piece in any of the colours or patterns you see on our website, there is no limit to what can be made specially for you at no extra cost. Specific measurements, different colours, matching items are all possible – perhaps you would prefer to have this chest of drawers in mother of pearl, rather than camel bone? Or you would be looking for an Indian wardrobe, mosaic mirror or Inlay dressing table to create your perfect Rajasthani look. Do get in touch and we can respond directly with a quote, free from any obligations.