What are the washing instructions for Jamavars?
Sindhi Jamavars are made on the Jacquard Loom using a blend of cotton, silk and polyester - making them very strong and durable without compromising their luxurious appeal. Traditional silk jamavars were extremely delicate and deteriorated very easily with wear and tear. The addition of cotton has made modern day jamavars more practical and polyester has prolonged the life of the modern jamavar ten-folds.
We strongly recommend dry-cleaning your jamavar to retain its lustre. If you decide not to dry-clean your jamavar, make sure you handwash it separately in cold water with very mild detergent and spread it to dry.
What is a damchiya?
A damchiya is an Indian Hope Chest which has intricate designs and carvings.
Damchiyas were originally designed to store items for a bride’s dowry. After the wedding, damchiyas were used for storing clothing and other valuables. Traditionally, damchiyas hail from the State of Gujarat and Rajasthan, but very seldom can also be found in other cities in India. Today, we can use damchiyas to store our own valuables, whatever they may be. Since most damchiyas are so attractive, they are great addition any room.
What is so special about these ceramic doorknobs?
I have seen small doorknobs being sold at Durga Interiors. What are they made of and how can I incorporate them in my house?
Durga Interiors carries a large variety of beautiful hand-painted ceramic doorknobs made in New Delhi, India. These small doorknobs come in various designs (plain, floral, geometrical, and even plaid!). Besides round shapes, these knobs can also come in other shapes. We have found through experience that by adding on small details, such as these doorknobs, to your existing pieces can really change their entire look. Plainer, sometimes boring, cabinets, for example, can be spruced up and made more interesting by adding some colour and depth to them through these little handmade items. Though delicate and fragile, these ceramic knobs lend an aesthetic appeal to any piece they are added to. These doorknobs also look great on kitchen and bathroom cabinets! The long brass fittings at the back of these knobs are quite long. This is primarily because doors vary in thickness. However, they can be easily cut (once they are sized to the door they are being added to) with strong wire cutters.
What is a Lintel?
A lintel is basically a supporting wood or stone beam across the top of an opening, such as that a door or a window.
Teak and the Environment
Am I being environmentally irresponsible by purchasing teakwood items?
No. Eventhough Teak is a precious resource across the globe and currently there are only four countries in the world that contain natural teak forests; Burma, Laos, India, and Thailand, with Burma (Myanmar) account for approximately 80% of the world's exported natural teak supply, there are now companies transplanting seeds from Burma into South America and Africa, hoping to farm teakwood more responsibly by utilizing eco-friendly logging techniques (immediate replanting). Teak forests are now also highly regulated due to increased demand, ecological and economical impact, and often sub-standard working conditions on plantations.
By purchasing antique teak items you are essentially recycling this precious wood - which is a very environmentally sound practice!
What is a Jamavar?
A Jamavar is a special type of shawl that has been made in the Indian Subcontinent for hundreds of years. Jamavars are traditionally multi-purpose materials and can be used as bedspreads, throws, tablecloths, curtains and even shawls. Historically, jamavars were made of pure silk and were reserved exclusively for royalty and aristocracy. A typical jamavar shawl took up to a year to weave and some complex larger jamavars took even a decade to produce! Fortunately, with advanced technology and faster looms jamavars are accessible to all. DurGa InterioRs carries a large variety of jamavars made in the Sindh Province in South Pakistan.
What is Teak wood?
Teak is a tropical hardwood tree native to south and southeast Asia.
The word “teak” originates from the South Indian language of Tamil. Teak in Tamil is “tekku.”
Teak is a dense, coarse, close-grained hardwood. It contains high levels of resinous oils that allow it to be naturally resistant to moisture, repellent to insects, and impervious to the drying effects of weather. Teak also contains silica, a sand-like component which creates a density to the wood that allows it to also be resistant to fungal decay, water, rotting, warping, shrinking, swelling and many damaging chemicals. It will not rust or corrode metals it comes in contact with and it can withstand the elements of all seasons, with its beauty increasing with its age. No other wood compares to teak regarding its durability, elegance, stability and low maintenance; making it the ultimate material choice for furniture construction and ship building worldwide.
Mango wood quality?
Mango wood is a hard and dense wood and is excellent for making furniture, provided it is properly seasoned in salt water and kiln dried. It is greenish-brown or yellowish in colour, coarse-textured, medium-strong, hard, durable in water, easy to work with and finishes well. Seasoned and kiln dried mango wood is able to retain its diverse hues and shades, allowing each piece of furniture to exhibit colour variations unlike any other wood: from a multitude of browns, to shades of yellow. Furthermore, cutting the wood in various directions reveal different grain textures which resemble that of mahogany, oak, teak and other type of trees. Furthermore, because mango trees are almost always replanted when cut down, mango wood makes for a very responsible choice of wood.
What is Mango Wood?
Native to southern Asia, especially eastern India, Burma, and the Andaman Islands, the mango has been cultivated, praised and even revered in its homeland since Ancient times.
Mango wood comes from the same trees that produce the popular tropical mango fruit. When a mango tree reaches 20 to 30 years of age the fruits are no longer suitable for commercial use. These older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that sustains the mango forests and provides indefinite fruit and employment for the mango growers and a continual supply of the very best wood for the craftsmen that produce mango wood products. Responsible management of this valuable resource is good for the environment, good for the economy and maintains valuable green space.