REMNANTS OF THE RAJ


The Victorian era of the mid to late 19th century saw the British extend their empire around the world. They brought the solid and sturdy furniture designs of England and adapted them to the tropics. This mélange became the British Colonial style and is easily recognized by its sturdy, yet sometimes fanciful pieces of teak and mahogany with rattan and leather accents, gilding and carving.


The period of the British Raj in India developed its own identity. Asian details were used to distinguish Indian colonial design. Inlaid ivory and gilt mirrors adorn tables, chests, and dressers. Cabriole legs are more ornate here than in the West Indies or Africa, reflecting Indian architecture and design. Wood and cane are the characteristic details of the plantation style.


This colonial era has impacted India and the world, and will always be a part of our history, our identity and our design portfolio.