The Roman Empire made several contributions to past and present society, one being chair design. As the Empire expanded across Europe, so did its methods of craftsmanship. It was during this reign that curule chairs were first introduced, said to have originated in Etruria. These chairs, or stools, were reserved for magistrates holding imperium to sit on during court or royal gatherings. One of the earliest recorded examples of the curule chair dates back to 494 BC when Roman dictator Manius Valerius Maximus was awarded one as a result of his victory over the Sabines.
In Rome, the curule chair was traditionally made of ivory and had a wide x-base, no arms, and no back. Keeping up with this regal tradition, we’ve created our Bone Curule Stool in the same fashion but updated it for a more modern appeal. Combining 18th-century Empire Style with 16th-century Moorish design, this exquisite stool has the best of both worlds. Each stool is embellished with hundreds of pieces of camel bone that are carved and inlaid into a wood frame by hand—a meticulous and time-consuming process skilled artisans endure to create these imperial pieces. Fit for a king or a queen, this stool is complete with a durable white linen cushion, and is an ideal seat for a vanity or desk. Hint: Pair two at the end of the bed for even more regal ambiance.
Zardosi is an intricate Persian embroidery technique that dates back to the Mughal Empire under the patronage Emperor Akbar. Traditionally done in gold bullion wire (Zardosi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold), this detailed needlework was once used by Persian royalty to embellish their garments and accessories. Due to industrialization and loss of royal patronage, this unique and extremely detailed technique is now practiced by only a handful of artisans—a dying art we’d like to keep alive.
The Zardosi embroidery process begins with the artisan sitting (usually cross-legged) around the wooden framework with their tools. These tools include curved hooks, needles, gold or silver wire, and whatever style beads or sequins they choose. The design is then traced onto the fabric and stretched over a wooden frame—the intricate embroidery then begins.
Our Zardosi Isaiah Crown Wall Art is fit for a king and will deliver a spiritual element to a wall space. Profiled in a gold wood frame, this ornate crown features delicate, hand-sewn beads and is outlined with the verse from Isaiah 28:5, “In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.”
Our Zardosi Cross Wall Art fits with holiday or everyday decor. Featuring an ornate crown atop a cross, this intricately detailed piece delivers the message from Isaiah 40:29–31, “He gives his power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength . . .”
Last but not least, our Zardosi Psalms Crown Wall Art features an ornate crown on a bed of laurel leaves above the verse from Psalms 149:4, “For the Lord takes delight in his people he crowns the humble victory.” This beautiful piece is embroidered on stretched canvas over a wood frame.
We can’t imagine how a wonderfully unique and traditional technique has become almost obsolete, and though it’s not much, we hope these pieces will help keep this dying art alive.
Parat bowls have been around for centuries—still commonly used in Indian homes—and are used to prepare and serve chapati or dough.
Chapati is one of the most common forms in which wheat, the staple of northern and western India, is consumed. The Indus Valley, part of ancient India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, is known to be one of the ancestral lands of cultivated wheat. Chapati is first kneaded in a parat bowl before slapping it between wet hands, rotating the dough to perfection.
Though parat bowls were traditionally used to make dough, we see this piece of history as a conversation-starting decorative item. This roughly 50-60-year-old artifact is chiseled into its unique form with an ax, carved by hand from a single piece of wood. Found and collected near the border of Burma, each one-of-a-kind piece is unique in character.
Enrich a room with Old World charm and showcase this piece solo as a collectible or as a centerpiece filled with candles or curios. You knead it!
“Create your own visual style…let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Orson Welles
Characterized by intricate carvings and sinuous arches, it’s no surprise Moroccan design has had a long history of influencing other cultures. Though, most of what is described today as Moroccan design has its origins in Moorish architecture. During the 16th century, Mughal princes brought exotic Moorish designs from North Africa to the Indian subcontinent, an influence still prominent today. Inspired by this long-standing design technique, rich in cultural traditions and history, we’ve created this Moorish Bone Pendant.
An in-house design, this pendant features 1,000 hand-carved bone pieces in a barbed quatrefoil shape. Each piece is inlaid by hand, a tedious process resulting in an organic masterpiece. The elegant brass detailing adds a traditional touch to its modern design; a large globe light bulb works well to highlight these features. Stately and shapely, this fixture makes for a great focal point in any setting, and the neutral tone blends well with any style décor. We’ve found it to be a perfect fit alongside our Maharaja’s Bookcase, and as an obvious statement piece hung above our Disappearing Dining Table.
A word from our Head Designer:
“I love this piece because it’s so multifaceted. It’s organic (bone), it’s modern (shape), and it’s neutral (color) so it works in many different settings.”
This pendant will shed a little light while delivering a world-traveled flair to a space. We’ve got the bright idea—do you?
At Wisteria, we are constantly being inspired by pieces we find around the world. When we travel, we are on a hunt to find pieces that will awaken our creativity and, hopefully, will be treasured by you for years to come—like our Rajasthani Mirror.
Woodworking is a skill artisans in India have been perfecting since the rule of the British Empire. British Colonial design still has a strong influence on furniture crafted in Rajasthan and other regions of India. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Jodhpur that have been doing woodworking for quite some time, this mango wood mirror is hand-carved with an ornate British Colonial design that will deliver worldly sophistication to a wall space. The white washed finish delivers a reflective quality, making this piece light and airy. This mirror is proof of the fine skill and craftsmanship of woodworking. Each time you gaze into this looking glass, the intricate details will leave you ogling at its beauty—maybe more so than yourself.
For a Well-Traveled Look:
Need a little inspiration on how to tie our Rajasthani Mirror into your décor? We suggest creating a salon wall surrounding the mirror using a few of our Antique Moroccan Sconces and our Moroccan Repeating Mirror.
For a complete Marrakesh look, our Burmese Coffee Table is a great foundation piece to tie everything together.