Tibetan Antique Wooden Furniture

In ancient Tibet, widespread use of wooden furniture was less famous as it was restricted openly in monasteries so Tibetan peoples commonly. The next is less density of Tibetans and after China invaded Tibet number of artists run away either Nepal or in India. Tibet had number of people belonging art work. To paint artwork even in wooden was highly recommended like as in Thangka Paintings. After the China invaded Tibet Nepal become even more popular in art and culture. It was second edition in art culture in Nepal or especially” Kathmandu valley”. The things are still running and thus Tibetan Antique Furniture is found with us – Nepal Art Shop. The very important note is that the Tibet border is close to Kathmandu valley as well. While talking Tibetan art and craft beside Tibetan antique wooden furniture we have other number of Tibetan art craft like Singing Bowl, Tibetan Jewelry, Mah Jong Set, Leather Jewelry Box, Prayer Flags, Thangkas, Snuff Bottles, Lanterns and Tibetan rugs.

Tibetan Furniture is primarily made from pine and other Himalayan soft woods. They are known for the various designs and motifs painted on the surface and the carved decoration that make them unique. They are typically decorated with images of dities, animals, flowers and vines of mystical beasts like dragons and religious symbols. Other scenes depicted are pastoral events, animal round ups or a number of house pastoral events, animal round ups, or number of horses galloping across a grassy knoll pictures. Tibetan wooden furniture from Tibet comes in the shape of cabinets, tables and storage boxes. Tibetan furniture comes in three designs:

Paint applied directly in the sized wood.
Paint applied on cloth that has been glued to the wood.
Designs carved on the wood and then painted
Most of these furniture dates back to the 18 th and 19 th century A.D. but occasionally one finds furniture especially tables, dating as far back as the 12 th century owing to the high altitude climate, which is dry and free of insect pests. For painting Tibetan wooden furniture, painter made extensive use of mineral pigments boun in animal glue. The pigments were ground by stone, which resulted in softer tones. These paints are quite similar to those used for painting Thangkas. The paint is finally coated with shellac based varnish. As for the structure of the furniture, sophisticated methods of joining were rarely used and the usual systemapplied was tyongue and groove or mortise and tenon. Sometimes wooden pegs have been used to secure pices together. The fittings, hinges and nails are usually made of iron like brass hardware.

Among Tibetan Furniture, cabinets are the most useful in our modern homes as they can replace a chest of drawers. Since in early days Tibetans sat on the floor using only cushions, the tables are all and were generally used for serving food or tea while others were either used to hold ritual objects or teafs for the monk to read.

Beside than tables, cabinets and boxes there are also pegam and the torgam. A pegam is a high table or a low cabinet with a scalloped backboard. Torgams are cabinets generally with onlyone or two doors, used or store torma, ceremonial offerings which are made from butter and tsampa or other offerings to propitiate wrathful deties. In this case the doors are generally painted with tantric illustrations.

---Believe Chinese are copying product for mass production, so the right place for shopping is either Nepal or Tibet itself.

The Furniture business in Tibet is largely in the hands of the Khampas (people of eastern Tibet) nitro collect furniture from Central Tibet and Kham and brings it for resale in Lhasa and Nepal. The main forest in Tibet are in Kham so the wood used for this furniture is more solid. Like the inhabitants of Kham, the furniture is colorful, bold and dramatic. Snow lions, tigers and tiger skins are particularly popular designs on Kham furniture. But its funny that most of the furniture that comes from Kham dates back only to the 19 th century.

Floral motifs, dragons and chepaks (Nepali symbol) are very popular in terms of designs and the most popular color combination seems to be a red background with designs in gold, blue and green. It all fits in perfectly with the whole aura of Tibetan interiors furniture. 90% of the furniture collected from Tibetan homes is almost completely black so much so that you don’t even see the actual artwork pbehind all the layers of black soft. Moreover the khampa dealers use a strong nitro thinner to remove the layer of black soot which doesn’t harm the water based painting but leaves the surface looking dull. To overcome this dullness, they than apply a very thick layer of synthetic varnish. The resulting gloss finish is not at all in keeping with an authentic piece of furniture so must be expertly removed by the restorer. This really thick coat of varnish that is very difficult to remove makes the designs look dull with a matt finish. Since the pigment is water based, we use the same remover that is used for vehicle paints, to take off this thick coat of varnish.

Let us know if you want to buy Tibetan antique wooden furniture those are from its origin. All the price list and catalogue will be provided, possible to make visit into factory for those who have order power least USD10000.0 and above. Thanks. Contact info@nepalartshop.com / http://www.neplartshop.com



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