Friday, August 23, 2013

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Bone Inlay

Bone inlay furniture gives a space an exotic vibe, and you can't deny the craftsmanship involved- the pieces are truly one-of-a-kind.  According to my research, the art of bone inlay is specific to the Udaipur region of India, where this meticulous skill is handed down from generation to generation. Three craftsmen are employed to make a piece.  The first hand-carves pieces of bone into delicate shapes; the second affixes those pieces onto a wooden furniture frame in intricate patterns, and the third fills in around the bone with the colored resin background. To create a piece of furniture, the process takes about 3 weeks.   Knowing the amount of time and detail that went in to creating a mirror, dresser, or chair makes the piece all the more special:

I've been contemplating adding a bone inlay dresser or chair to my home for a few months.  However, I haven't had the courage (or, ahem, funds) to shell out 2k just yet.   That's why I was thrilled to find a bone inlay box in lavender at Village Antiques here in Houston last weekend!  I added it in to my bedside decor along with some fresh roses:

{from my instagram}

Want to bring a little bone inlay goodness to your space?  Here are a few fun pieces to love:

I hope you find these pieces as gorgeous as me.  Have a lovely weekend, friends!  

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