The timeless elegance of this exquisite piece of art originates from the state of Rajasthan (India), which is inspired from the architecture and designs of the royal palaces. This piece of art was a way to showcase power and royalty in the ancient times.
Bone inlay is a traditional handicraft wood working technique which dates back to thousands of years. It involves carving of the bones into different shapes and embedding it into the depressions created on the wooden frame. This technique involves pure handwork by the artisans, from creating the wooden frames to staining it with the polish to give it a spark of colours.
Further more, it can also be incorporated with combinations of several other materials like mother of pearl and metal. This technique results into types of intricate floral patterns, mesmerizing and meticulous geometric patterns, swirls, diagonal lines and other forms of opulent designs.These designs can take days, weeks or even months to come into a finished product stage, as it completely depends upon the design and skill of the artisan.
TYPE OF WOOD AND BONE USED
Generally soft wood like Teakwood and Sheesham is used because it involves carving of the intricate designs. Also, the beauty of wood grain makes the piece of furniture exquisite and striking.
Bone inlay furniture is made using the bones of the Camel. In this whole process of making this furniture it is ensured that no animals are harmed and only the remains of dead camels are used. Bones are sourced ethically with the permission of the local authorities.
At Blesswood, we proudly commit that this whole process is environmentally friendly and cruelty free. It is an absolutely beautiful way of reprocessing the bones into splendid work of art.
A wide range of products can be customized using the bone inlay technique like chest of drawers, cabinets, chairs, sleek bed side tables, consoles and other pieces of furniture.
These opulent pieces of furniture can give your interiors an accent of not only luxury and royalty, but also fit into themes like bohemian, rustic and chic styles, thus enhancing interiors.
For the minimalists, they can also add such timeless pieces of bone with the modern architecture to give it a contemporary look. There are numerous ways in which these pieces can make a seamless addition.
This type of timeless furniture is very exotic and distinguished, and is an excellent investment also.
KEY DISTINGUISHING FEATURES BETWEEN BONE INLAY FURNITURE AND BONE WORK FURNITURE
Most important feature of key difference is the whole process of production; both include intricate handwork but in bone furniture the artisan lays down the resin on the frame and fits in the bone using adhesives in which there is no scope of visibility of wooden grains whereas the production of bone inlay furniture is very tedious as it involves engraving of the wooden pieces using a chisel and then fitting in the bone pieces. Thus, making the latter more expensive. Bone inlay technique is crafted on the decorative wood like Teak wood, Walnut and Sheesham. Bone work furniture is made using MDF / plywood / wooden panel. Therefore, the key difference is the material used. It can be identified whether it is bone inlay or bone work furniture by simply looking at the grains(texture) as the latter does not have a natural wood / grainy texture.
Both these types have certain differences which results in the differential pricing and different appeal. Each type has its own uniqueness and key factors of consideration.
But the similarity between the two is of the patterns and products which could be created and both the techniques use camel bones.
This distinctive and quirky technique of bone inlay is a symbol of craftsmanship and dedication to the artistry.
This type of furniture has become very trending and favoured these days because these designs are very natural and the beauty of this art cannot be imitated.
This art is valued the most by the aesthete, who has an eye for intricate work and a deep diveforart.
The question which often comes to the mind of the client is,
IS IT DURABLE AND LONG LASTING?
Well, the answer to this is certainly yes, because we at Blesswood craft these magnificent pieces with utmost details like lacquer finish and carving out from the most durable woods which make it strong and lasting for a longer period of time.
Here are some tips for maintenance :
REGULAR DUSTING : We recommend our clients to use microfiber cloth for dusting, and we recommend regular cleaning so that dust does not pile up in the carvings or on the depressions on the surfaces.
DO NOT USE ANY HARDNERS : Using any harsh detergents like acetone or bleach can lead to discolouration therefore it is recommended to use soft mild all-purpose cleansers.
AVOID PROTRACTED EXPOSURE TO WATER : Though it is moisture resistant using excessive water or wet cloth on this type of furniture would lead to loss of adhesiveness from these pieces thus ruining its beauty therefore it is advisable to use a mildly damp cloth.
PLACE THE FURNITURE UNDER MODERATE CONDITIONS : It should be placed in the surroundings that are neither too cold nor too hot. It is necessary to maintain the moderate temperature as it may affect the quality in harsh weather conditions. Avoid excessive exposure to the sunlight and also do not place it in front of the heaters or coolers as it might damage.
Each piece is a representation of hours of hard work and intricate detailing so, proper care and maintenance are a requisite.
Here at Blesswood our master craftsmen meticulously carve each piece of bone onto the wood with their exceptional skills passed on for several years. These hand crafted pieces are our most coveted furniture that add an exceptional charm to the interiors.
Blesswood is your one stop solution for bespoke bone furniture requirements. Feel free to contact us with your requirements, we would be happy to help.