Posts Tagged ‘antiques’

Fleamarket decor in Delhi

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

India has the best inventory of vintage and antique furniture—both institutional and domestic—I’ve ever seen. Especially deco and moderne (bench above) not to mention traditional Indian wooden furniture of various vintages.

As discussed in this earlier post, in the early part of the 20th century the British administration in India hired architect Edward Lutyens to design the new city of New Delhi, and over the decades that he worked in India he brought Georgian, deco and moderne styles with him.

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Furniture makers of Middle Earth

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

I find this Todd Merrell Antiques magazine ad weirdly compelling. If you end up at his website (now defunct) it’s like being transported into Middle Earth or the underworld. You might have to retrieve an amulet with the help of a talking dog with eyes as big as saucers or something.

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The oldest textile fragment in the world.

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

For the record, an image of the oldest fragment of textile ever found. This is a Neolithic fragment of linen from Egypt circa 5000BC—a shred of clothing that belonged to someone 7000 years ago. There are only a few other fragments in the world almost as old as this one, and all are linen from the Nile Valley where the arid sand preserves wood and cloth extremely well.

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