Antiques and collectables bring with them stories and memories of a bygone era. These vintage curios talk about the history of the land, the art and craftsmanship of the times, the socio-cultural nuances and above all, stand testimony to great civilizations. India has been home to some of the oldest and glorious civilizations in the world. The intricate carvings on the temple walls, fine drawings in the ancient caves, and detailed writings on the palm leaves give us a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of our ancestors. From toys, kitchen utensils, antique idols, antique masks, all antique objects have a story to tell.
The history of Indian handicrafts goes back to the Vedic period. The Vedas talk about pottery, wood and metal items, but no concrete evidence of such craft items was found from this era. However, crafts made of clay, wood, and metal cast during the Harappa period and the Indus Valley Civilization have been found. Elaborately carved stupas (pillars) and delicate jewellery was famous during the Mauryan era. And later on, in the Gupta period also known as the golden age, sculpting, stone carving and rock paintings were developed. Most of the antique wooden handicrafts that we see now are from the Medieval period.
The rich and vibrant heritage of our country is reflected in the antique objects that are preserved and collected by collectors and the beautiful homes they adorn. We bring you some homes from across the world that give you a glimpse of art objects from our rich heritage. Hope you enjoyed these gorgeous spaces.
Images - Architectural Digest India https://www.architecturaldigest.in/
Images 4,5,6 - Shot by Bjorn Wallander
Images 7,8,9,10 - Shot by Montse Garriga