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Top of the ‘must have’ list in the antique department are indigenous, hand crafted furniture items, plus painted cabinets and shelving units from across the northern border with hand woven carpets, kilims, wall hangings, blue and green glassware, hand embroidered cushions, tablecloths and other such items coming close behind.
In the indigenous bracket, Sindhi handcrafted and hand painted furniture is just about the best buy, with a set of four beautiful chairs and a matching coffee table available from approximately Rs 18,500 upwards and swinging seats coming in from Rs 25,000 depending on the type of wood used and the intricacy of the work.
These are closely followed by gorgeous cupboards and shelving units now back in production across our northern border in Jalalabad, where craftsmen continue a tradition that began centuries ago.
The pieces are exceptional works of art and priced from Rs 20,000 for a corner cupboard standing about four feet tall; they are well worth what is a reasonable investment.
This resurgence of interest in traditional furniture is providing a much needed boost to craftsmen and associated artisans who, during the years when their beautiful work was out of fashion, had to struggle to make ends meet and keep culturally important traditions alive.
Traditional furniture, amalgamated with hand woven carpets, kilims, wall hangings and other ornamental pieces, totally transform the atmosphere of a room from the very second they are introduced. If chosen wisely, they are a long term investment rather than the one-off loss most ‘modern’ furniture tends to be.
– B Khan
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 12, 2013.