Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Back to Vintage

This time, I have got something unique, old, and interesting lined up for antique lovers ! 

Madras Prop store, by Jofy Abraham, A culinary antique online store based in Chennai, Tamilnadu.

Like me, You would also love to go through the huge unique collection of vintage Indian utensils which can be broadly classified under Indian, British & Dutch style.

 It will take us back in time in terms of the uniqueness of most of the collection (mostly to the era of our forefathers). There are unique collection of items which were then used for food preparation, storage and serving.  I was able to identify with many, but not all :-).  Mostly of these vintage utensils are made with wood, copper, tinware, ceramic, stoneware etc. as in earlier days.

Few collections  from Madras Prop Store :




Chinese art on white pots, Seems like 18th century era.












Get your favourite one and add beauty to your home. And yes, they ship worldwide.


You can purchase beautiful products at:
  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadrasPropstore  

Get Updates on Instagram and Facebook:
  https://www.instagram.com/madras_prop_store/
  https://www.facebook.com/MadrasPropStore/

(Images are by Madras Prop Store, Please do not use without permission).

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pure Indian Crafts

I randomly heard about "The maalgadi", a Surat based store which portraits handcrafts from Indian artists from all over India. 

It is great to know that Maalgadi is pure Indian.They have made a great platform for upcoming young artists and encourage them to bring up and polish and showcase their creativity thru this platform. 


 It is interesting to see that home decor products, coasters, beer mugs, shot glasses, key chains, dresses, fridge magnets, boxers, bags, stationary and all the latest trendy products are available at one place. 


It is interesting to see that home decor products, coasters, beer mugs, shot glasses, key chains, dresses, fridge magnets, boxers, bags, stationary and all the latest trendy products are available at one place. 

Colorfull Rick Cushion

Box

Each items shows the effort and time spent for the outcome.



Chalkboards are  fun for a kitchen, but can also be used in a home office, a dining room, and a kid's room.

Storage Box hand painted


A detail drawn-box



Illustrations on a Tea tray

Coasters

Fridge Magnet Sheet

Milkcan

Placement Sheet

The designs are energetic, bright and provides a colorful rendition of a festival, Isn't it ??   
Keeping Indian tradition alive through their products, "Maalgadi" has opened a way for young Indian artists.


Connect with them  : 222,Classic Complex, Opp Old Umra Jakat Naka, Surat 395007, India
                                :  https://www.facebook.com/maalgadi/
                               :  maalgadi0261@gmail.com

Online Shoppinghttp://www.themaalgadi.com/
  
All photographs courtesy: themaalgadi/ Please ask permission before the images are used elsewhere.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Paliam Palace, Kerala

Am taking you to Paliam Palace which is one of the architectural splendours of Kerala.


 This palace was used as official residence of Paliathu Achan who were Prime Ministers to the Kings of Kochi.



















 This palace is a mix design of Kerala an Dutch Styles. A circulation space runs along the private area of the building, facilitating air movement, resulting in insulating the interior, making it cooler compared to the peripheral. 



The Government of Kerala has initiated the " Muziris Heritage Project"  to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris. 

  Paliam Palace is one in to  the  " Muziris Heritage Project". This is being converted in to a museum now. Do visit the place !


Monday, June 5, 2017

Madras Square,ECR,Chennai

The cafe at east cost Madras Square has a very charming atmosphere in summer during evenings. Place is done up in bistro casual style. .

The spacious quality of the building is accentuated by free flowing design. Outside space has free flowing area so maximum natural light is introduced.





Walk down through this you can see an atmosphere filled with greens, which makes your feel closer to nature. 







Scene of Cultural Identity

The painting and decoration of flora has the effect of bringing us inside




Each corner reflects Indian craftsmanship




   
Traditional chair is skillfully covered with fabric


Cozy corner of Madras Square is filled with extra ordinary fusion of Indian Style with floral wall papers with traditional decor.  




 There is a cool quality to the interior, the roof is made of wood and brick tile. 

Do drop in to this cafe in Chennai to enjoy the comfort and relish on some good food.


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Antique Hunt, Kumarakom, Kerala

On my recent trip to Kerala I captured few photos from a shop in Kumarakom which is near my house.  This store is named " Antique Shop " where you would love to go through a huge collection of vintage Indian artifacts. 

  I suggest you take a look at this shop on your next trip to Kumarakom. You will end up seeing many interesting artifacts, furniture, sculptures, pillars and many more. If you are a vintage lover then this is the place.

If you are looking for treasures for a bargain then you can move away. :-) 

Shop

Entrance Garden




The store has been built using goods (most of the wood work) collected from old houses and mansions. Interesting, Isn't it  ?? 



In addition of restoring old antique furniture, they also do traditional typical Kerala house roofing and wooden walls as per Architectural calculations.
(See 3 ,4 and 5 Pictures). 



Most of the furniture and artifacts are in old state and need some serious restoration. 


Door 

Pillars Beauty


I have been eyeing this crockery unit piece and  trying to convince myself that my house wouldn't be able to fit this in to. Maybe need a bigger house :-)



Restoration is done in the store workshop itself. As I said most of the furniture's came out after restoration. The excellent craftsmanship is enough reason for you not to bargain a price for such awesome restored products. 

Olden Style Portuguese light
Victorian Lamp

Arabian, Mugal lights


  Vintage lamps and the lights reminded me olden styles.













Hope all of you liked the wonderful store. Loads of crafts from India, mostly from South are selling here. Grab your favorite piece next time ! 


Antique Shop
Arupara,(Kumarakom road),
Kottayam, Kerala.

 You can follow the shop on FB :- https://www.facebook.com/Antique-Dealers-1474049702810863

antiquedealers11@gmail.com 
9895897695 , 9895397695 ( Ummer and Navas ).

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