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!
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.
Appreciating beauty is something we here at Wisteria pride ourselves on—especially in the craftsmanship of our products.
Our Moorish Chest is the epitome of beautiful craftsmanship. A design brought from North Africa to the Indian subcontinent by 16th-century Mughal princes, this chest is adorned with thousands of pieces of camel bone.
Handmade, each piece of bone is intricately cut and inlaid by hand on a hand-carved mango wood frame. A simple design with a striking pattern is the result of many hours of craftsmanship. The meticulous process of crafting this chest—down to the slightest detail—reminds us that handcrafting furniture (or anything for that matter) may be antiquated, but it’s not a lost art.
This chest is a great way to infuse handcrafted, textured pieces into your décor. Make modern exotic by blending contemporary accents alongside this worldly piece. (Hint: Our Lucent Accent Chair and Bullet Glass Table Lamp will help complete the look!)
See all colors of our Moorish Chest and other handcrafted products online.
Woodblock Print Tablecloth – Maple Leaf
At Wisteria, we love creating products with beauty and meaning. Our woodblock linens are just that. Woodblock printing is an ancient technique used for printing text, images, or patterns. Originating in China, this process was widely used throughout East Asia and remained the most common method of printing until the 19th century. A true measure of high-quality printing, the earliest surviving example of a wood block print—flowers on silk—dates back to 220 AD, during the Han Dynasty. This detailed process is done completely by hand.
Woodblock Print Napkins – Gold
Artisans hand-carve a relief pattern into wooden blocks, where the wood is cut away with a knife, chisel, or sandpaper, revealing characters or patterns. The art of carving the woodblock is known as xylography.
Our woodblock linens are created through a stamping process. During this process the fabric is set on a flat surface and the wood block is placed on top. The back of the block is inked and then pressed or hammered to transfer the design to the fabric. Each color-pattern is applied layer by layer.
Woodblock Print Tablecloth – Gold Paisley
This arduous process delivers divine designs and colors of linen, each individually special and different. A token of true beauty and a product with meaning.
Glass was discovered almost 6,000 years ago in north Syria and some fossil evidence suggests that Stone Age humans may have used natural glass, either from volcano or lightning composites, to make tools such as spearheads and cutting instruments. The earliest known glass objects were beads, which have been thought to be an accidental by-product of metalworking. The history of glassmaking can be traced to 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia, which corresponds to modern day parts of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran. Our line of glassware travels to us from San Miguel, Mexico where artisans use 100% recycled glass to produce this classic seeded design. Each piece is mouth-blown and hand-finished, allowing them to possess their own personality and characteristics.
Glass Bottle Vase // Etched Glass Bowl // Etched Glass Pitcher // Etched Wine Goblets
As a part of their commitment to the environment and an ongoing effort to ensure efficient disposal of waste, our artisans melt down roughly 7,700 lbs. of recycled glass a day. The results are these stunning pieces of glassware. Great for entertaining, they will pair with your tablescape for any season.