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From the 7th to the 25th of January all furniture is 20% off with even further discounts on selected pieces.
That’s 20% off all furniture from Africa, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey and India.
Lords a-leaping, ladies dancing, geese a-laying
OUR AFRICAN SHIPMENT HAS ARRIVED JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
With the holiday season fast approaching we’ve ensured our latest shipment from Africa has a plethora of hand-crafted, original artifacts to help bring a touch of Tanzania, a splash of Sudan or a little Malawi magic to your space.
African decor and furniture have recently become the flavour of the month for their uniqueness. Being so close to Asia you often see more Asian-styled items and decor in Australia, but Africa is a largely untapped resource of stunning craftsmanship and originality from the bold abstract carvings of people and animals to the natural sustainably sourced ostrich eggs, feathers and elephant hair bracelets.
This shipment is perfectly timed for you to be able to find a truly unique gift for someone special, yourself or better still… both.
DRESSING UP IN COSTUME, BEARING GIFTS AND BRINGING JOY TO THE WORLD.
Since the dawn of time all across the African continent masks have been worn to celebrate life, religious occasions, initiations, peace, the seasons, harvest times and
new beginnings. Santa Claus does not have a monopoly on colourful costumes and good will to all.
As well as all the good stuff, the masks were used to control the evil forces in the community. When the chosen person is selected to wear and perform with the masks and costumes they come to life, possessed by their spirit in the performance of the dance, and are enhanced by both the music and atmosphere of the occasion.
The masks can represent spirits, ancestors and animals. The latter being a powerful way to unite man with his natural environment, something which the African people throughout the ages have always embraced and expressed much like the indigenous Aboriginal people of Australia.
Don’t miss out on our latest shipment from Africa. You may even find five gold rings, four calling birds. three french hens and a partridge in a pear tree.
Seasons greetings and a happy New Year to you all.
Doors open Mon–Fri: 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sat: 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sun: 12.00am – 4.00pm.
Please be advised that will be closed on the following dates:
25th December Christmas Day • 26th Boxing Day • 31st December • 1st January
The Return of Rajasthan
In India, doorways are often associated with cultural identity and new beginnings and what better time of the year to think about both. With such a melting pot of cultures in Australia it’s always nice to witness the various ways that we all celebrate the holiday season and adorn our living spaces with our own native decorations, antiques and traditional furnishings.
Rajasthan, which translated means the ‘Land of Kings’ has more historic palaces, royal gardens and hilltop forts than any other province in India. The proud kings and Rajput warriors of Rajasthan were renowned for their opulence and would show off their wealth and power by building large palaces and forts to ‘protect’ the region and fill them with hand-crafted, highly ornate furniture, fixtures and fittings.
However, the kings for the most part had good relationships with each other which meant that the vast majority of palaces and forts were never attacked or destroyed and so much of the contents remained intact and preserved for centuries.
The craftsmen of the region that worked and carved the vintage furniture, artifacts and decorative items were, through time, influenced by the Dutch, Portuguese and later English occupation and so many of the items can be traced back or recognised by their design features and embellishments.
With a smorgasbord of art, incredible cuisine, culture, colour, extraordinary attractions and festivals Rajasthan is the perfect region to express the celebration of the holiday season and introduction of a new year.
With this months’ arrival at Orient House of stunning Indian antiques including ornate rustic doors, carved windows, unique vintage furniture, tribal artifacts, handcrafted decorative items, lighting and textiles you’ll find plenty of inspiration to help create your very own Rajasthan palace.
Furniture, homewares & artefacts from Bali & Indonesia
Artfully presented in displays that showcase their unique style and charm and demonstrate how natural materials like the highly textural rattan, rich copper, dark teak, green bronze, gnarly Suar root, rustic whitewash terracotta, fossilized polished stones and natural sun bleached shells all complement each other to create a truly balanced and harmonious space.
From Bali and the surrounding islands of the Indonesian archipelago we have sourced the finest reclaimed furniture, most unique hand-crafted pieces and unusual collectibles and brought them together in one place to make it easier for you to find and create your own Indonesian space.
WANT A TALKING PIECE FOR YOUR SPACE?
How about an eight armed, three eyed, tiger riding goddess?
The Goddess Durga or Mother Durga is known as “the one who eliminates sufferings” in Hindu teachings. With eight arms each holding a weapon, object of
power or simply assuming ‘mudras’, (a hand gesture that represents her teachings), she is like the Swiss Army knife of goddesses. She protects her followers from evil, more notably ‘Mahishasura’ the buffalo demon in Hindu mythology.
As if that wasn’t enough she also rides a lion or tiger which represents power, but also qualities like greed, anger, arrogance, selfishness, jealousy and the desire to harm others and by sitting on and controlling it she reminds us that we need to control these qualities, so that we in turn are not controlled by them.
Oh, but wait, there’s more, she’s also got a third eye which gives her infinite knowledge and wisdom. Simply put, the Goddess Durga is very powerful indeed so it would pay to stay on her good side.
Of course, as well as the Goddess Durga statuette we have a mélange of Buddha’s, Brahma’s, Vishnu’s and Shiva’s all with their very own unique stories
New shipment of Chinese antiques coming soon
We have finally returned after a long slow tour scouring rural China to source the most unusual hand carved antiquities and furniture made the traditional time honoured way by the local craftsmen.
Deliberately taking our time to explore the hard to reach places and immersing ourselves into the local culture to ensure that the pieces we return with are truly unique and genuine.
we often target pre-owned pieces that can be expertly restored at our workshop and slowly brought back to their original former glory. This stunning sideboard showcases perfectly how the buyers are able to see potential where others can’t:
Most of the pieces are vintage or made from reclaimed solid timber which brings with it all the character of real wood, the unique grain, colours and often distinctive worn edges and imperfections, so you know that each piece has a story and is steeped in history.
All of our antique Chinese furniture is made primarily from sustainable resources and more importantly made to last. From beautiful slow hand-crafted sideboards and wardrobes with hand carved fascias and trim to the more rustic pre-loved workers stools with real charm. You’ll never see these on the council kerbside cleanout.
The Art of the Brush
Chinese calligraphy dates back centuries and is so much more than just letters and words. It is an art form that requires the artist to express their feelings and use motion to create the thousands of different flourishes and combination of strokes which make up the Chinese characters.
Chinese calligraphy and ink & wash painting are very similar in that they both use similar tools and techniques and have a long history of shared artistry.
Our individually hand selected range of original hand carved calligraphy and ink & wash brushes are made exactly the same way as the ones that were used to decorate the vases, ornaments, vanity screens and furnishings of ancient China.
These beautiful brushes are collectible artifacts in their own right. Historically carved from bamboo, redwood, local stone, marble, animal horn and embellished with ceramics they are made with a variety of animal hair primarily white goat hair, black rabbit hair, yellow weasel hair or sometimes a mix depending on the desired brush stroke. These types of brushes known as Húbi have been prized since the Ming dynasty.
Some early period smaller brushes were made with the hair of the first haircut of an infant for good prosperity, but these rare and personal brushes are today more often kept in the family as keepsakes.
As with all Turkish craft-wares the baskets and bowls are handcrafted the traditional way with skills handed down from one generation to another.
So the baskets, bowls and chattels (household items) are still all made exactly the same way as they were centuries ago.
In fact, the earliest reliable evidence for basketry craftsmanship in the Middle East comes from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic phases of Çatalhöyük (Southern Anatolia). Being made from perishable material no actual basketry remains were recovered, but the impressions on floor surfaces and on fragments of bitumen suggest that basketry objects were used for storage and architectural purposes.
If today’s food storage vessels were made the same way we wouldn’t have a planet suffocating on plastic waste.
Pop in to our showroom today and pick up some beautiful hand-made baskets and bowls to store fruit, vegetables, firewood, flowers and more to bring some authentic Turkish natural storage solutions in to your home
Turkish pottery and ceramic craftsmanship dates back centuries. In fact, recently a huge 2,000 year old terracotta Turkish pot was accidentally unearthed by a farmer while watering plants in his garden in the Doğanşehir district, this dates it back to the Roman era.
Our pots are unlikely to date back that far, but some are between 75-150 years old and made just as they were back in the Roman era and equally impressive in appearance.
Virtually every village in Anatolia (modern day Turkey) had a workshop with a master potter producing beautiful pots and pitchers. Much like Turkish carpets each pot contains a story with unique skills and individual touches added to every pot and pitcher.
And because the local soil and material was used to make the pots and pitchers they literally are part of the landscape.
Originally designed to hold wine, olives, olive oil, grains, etc., today they make stunning centrepieces for gardens, living rooms, hallways and commercial spaces or whatever your landscape is.
For centuries Turkish carpets have been a symbol of status and quality; and for very good reason.
A highly prized traditional naturally dyed 100% hand-made carpet can take months and sometimes years to complete. Primarily used to turn any floor into a centrepiece some people use them as wall features, works of art in their own right.
All Turkish carpets have hidden stories woven into them. Anatolian women used traditional patterns, dyes and motifs to tell their personal stories and express the qualities and history of the region.
A wool rug is a much more affordable alternative to pure silk and each rug still comes with the history and uniqueness of its region and its maker.