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Special Places to Stay in Rajasthan - Neemrana Fort Palace

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Special Places to Stay in Rajasthan - Neemrana Fort Palace

Wandering round the myriad staircases, corridors and battlements of Neemrana, finding the old water tank, sitting on the carved stone pavilions under the shade of chhatris, looking out over the countryside in the early morning - for a while you can have the rare experience of feeling like you're actually on holiday. 

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Inlaid Wooden Furniture from India

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Inlaid Wooden Furniture from India

Indian artisans have produced inlaid wooden furniture at all levels of sophistication from simple bone inlay patterns to detailed, complex and exquisite inlays of ivory, rare woods and mother of pearl in designs fit only for the wealth of a Maharajah. The technique is not only used for furniture - this beautiful wooden vase has intricate patterns of inlay which involved skilful appreciation of the curved form. Inlaid wooden furniture is not unique to India. And neither is the technique of inlay limited to wood. Precious metal and stones have been inlaid into bronze and marble in many cultures including...

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The Story of Jali Style Indian Carving

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The Story of Jali Style Indian Carving

Throughout northern India and Nepal you'll see variations on the idea of Jali carving. The term "Jali" comes from the Urdu word for "net" and the characteristic of Jali is that a solid surface has been carved to create empty spaces in the surface. Whether made from stone or wood this technique has been used on balconies and exterior walls to cut down the glare and heat of the sun and to allow air to ventilate the rooms and interior spaces. Air flowing through many small spaces cools more effectively than an open window. The shadows created by the Jali...

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India is a Treasure Store of Traditional Crafts

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India is a Treasure Store of Traditional Crafts

India is a treasure store of traditional crafts. For over 30 years we’ve been travelling to India and been amazed by the diversity of decorative skills. We’re gradually adding to this web site a beautiful collection of woodcarvings, embroidered cottons and woven silks. In addition there are metal, stone and other decorative and ritual items, silk weavings from Laos, paintings. Search our website for painted wooden shrines, a carved sandstone Buddha head, painted Tibetan door panels, Madhubani tribal paintings from Bihar, woven silk prayer flags and hangings from Laos, carved wooden mirror frames, a gilded wooden horse, vases and boxes...

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Wooden Carvings - Part of a Tradition

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Wooden Carvings - Part of a Tradition

Wood carving is an important decorative and cultural tradition in most parts of India. In the forested north, houses are wholly or partly built from timber and decorated with floral and geometric carving. 

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