Furniture shopping in India

Shopping in India involves patience, endurance, the ability to suspend disbelief, and of course a true love for the hunt.  These are long days.  We always start as early as possible to beat a wee bit of the heat - and we are rarely done til dusk each day. 

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There are so many wonderful things to see - many of which we can only ooo and ahhh over - although we have been known to throw a full size wooden camel or two into a container... 

Below is a fully mobile sugar cane juicer - I really wanted the cart alone but figured the rotating, interlocking cane crushers had permanent mangling written all over them...

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This incredible - what? - greenhouse?  Folly?  With all over stained glass upper windows -- wow.  It was explained as an "office" - perhaps in a big warehouse or factory maybe?  A really Willy Wonka type of one?  Had to sadly leave this behind too -- but let me know if you have just the place! 

That said - we did buy a lot of fantastical stuff...  Here the intricate detail of a king headboard sized antique ceiling panel...

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Here a giant antique teak door surround - for building into a dramatic entry or courtyard - or for one big, amazing mirror...

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We walk miles of warehouse and outdoor yards each day.  The stacks of vintage and antique goods are daunting.  After 20 years of India trips it is still just astonishing - it doesn't really ever get old - although it does get draining - especially in the summer monsoon heat.  

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For those of you ever wondering if all our talk of reclaimed wood is true -- yes - there is a lot of recycling and repurposing going on in Rajasthan.  Not everything we source is reclaimed - but we really try to focus on it. PILES of the stuff...

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Linda below with one of the triple arches we are considering... (she just loves it when I surprise photograph her - ha!  Sorry Moz!)

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Little things -- and lots of them.  Vintage bells, bowls, water jugs -- mirrors, wall cabinets, pillar bases made from old wood, painted horses and ceiling panels...

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Ever popular chakki grinder bases - these will have neutral, removable cushions in them and make fab ottomans...

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Stone alla - temple niches for in the garden, built into a wall or bathroom - perfect for little votive candles...

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Old crusty things - we love you!

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Towering arched teak doors with nailheads and original hardware -- we bought lots of great doors - more pics to come!

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Lots of pretty bone inlay coming soon - some of this will be on the first container from this trip - due in September...

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Wooden temple niches that will have tiny mirrors placed inside - old frame bookshelves, old carved horse heads on stands - carved panels with hooks inset - more glass wall cabinets (we have like a bajillion coming!)

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Can't wait for you all to see it in the store!  We bought quite a few containers worth of goodies - I will update with favorites as they come in. 

Now I am going to look back on this amazing, ancient stone jali terrace that was out front of our room and try to feel the morning breeze whispering through... 

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