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Gujarat Haveli…………..

May 11, 2010

Most people who live in a foreign country want to take something special from that country back home with them to remind them of their experiences. Furniture seems a good choice because it’s also practical – of course I am also a big advocate of the impractical bejeweled souvenir as well. But I digress. Lots of our friends in Delhi have told me about the Gujarat Haveli and we finally made it out there. Holy home furnishings batman! Just on the FYI side of things Gujarat is a region in India and Haveli loosely means (very) lovely place to live and trade.

This place was amazing. It reminded me of antique stores (barns) in the U.S. but with way cooler stuff! I have absolutely nowhere to put something like this horse- but I love, love, love him. He loves me too – I just know it.

This table has brass elephants on the side.

Beautiful pots.

More beautiful pots. The one on the left is made of iron with leather braiding. The one on the right is wooden with brass trimming.

These are dowry chests. The brides family would fill these up with prezzies and they would be rolled with the wedding procession to the groom’s house. My youngest daughter had a hard time understanding all of it until I told her not to worry. She will surely marry someone who will be giving her gifts and if he needs a chest this big to fit them all in – so be it. ;-)

He might just have to come home with me one day.

Either him or one of his cousins.

Most of these are the bottoms of Hookah pipes. The ones on either end reminded me of spittoons from the wild west days but the shop keeper told me they were for water. He said that at night you fill it with water then in the morning you drink it. You leave it over night so you get the benefit of the all the minerals in the metals. Not exactly the same, same as a spittoon.

Tres cool statues.

I would not sleep at night if this guy lived in my house.

Oh, the fabulous finds just went on and on.

This chair is for the boy, the girl, and the chaperon. But it would also be great for a game of duck duck goose.

This is a coffee table made out of an old door. Magnificent!

An old swing that doesn’t have to involve a chaperon. Must be for a married couple.

There were a lot of painted things. They aren’t my fave just because I am too practical and I cannot imagine trying to fit these into a room with other things.

And you know how I love my bells! Ding ding!

We left without buying anything – because there is also Sharma Farms that I have heard we should see – but clearly we have lots to discuss. I’ll let you know how it goes. Yes, you should start feeling sorry for number one hubby right about n.o.w.

P.S. I have gotten a few emails asking for the address (I had a super hard time finding it too) so for those of you who are local – here it is….
Gujarat Haveli
Mobile 98100 66925 (you need an appointment)
43 KM Stone Delhi
Jaipur Expressway, N.H.-8
Gurgaon, Haryana
email: kutch@ndf.vsnl.net.in
(I will leave it to them to give you directions – I might get you lost. ;-) )

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2013 7:04 am

    Haveli means urban mansion. It is used for properties belonging to rich business families in western India.

  2. heil permalink
    October 27, 2010 12:43 pm

    the coffee tables that we have at home are topped with a thick stained glass which adds more elegance to its looks;,.

  3. avs permalink
    May 13, 2010 12:10 am

    came across your blog while searching something on net, very interesting, good write up and very nice pictures.
    ((BTW Haveli means a very big house, somewhat like palace, to live (not trade))

  4. Karna Singh permalink
    May 12, 2010 11:55 am

    havelli means palace…

  5. Kirk Childress permalink
    May 11, 2010 11:32 pm

    BTW… on the dowry chests… I fully agree with you on the philosophy, but an exquisite chest is an exquisite chest. We were in Huntsville, TX two weekends ago with my in-laws [who literally dropped in unannounced despite the 9 hour car trek and the international border between us]. We visited an historic home in the center of old Huntsville. For those of you not in the TX know… Huntsville is famous for its prisons. More people are executed there than anywhere else in the US and, yes, there is a prison museum that features “Old Sparky,” which, thankfully, we did not visit and is no longer used. Anyway, in the historic home was an absolutely stunning cedar “hope” chest about 2.5′ x 6′ x 3′. It was hand carved with a beautiful floral motif and the name of the hoper in question. The docent informed us that it was a primo example of “prison furniture.” Apparently until the 1930’s one could purchase lumber, take it to the Huntsville prison and have prison artisans create furniture for you for pennies on the dollar. This practice is no longer an option for the public, but prison laborers continue to make furniture for the governor’s mansion and other state buildings. Most unfortunately, Inez [the recipient of the hope chest] never married. Apparently her intended fathered children elsewhere before their union [and got caught publicly] . Can you imagine the scandal in 1903 rural Texas?

    • May 12, 2010 6:03 am

      Those dowry chests rock. They were gorgeous. That is amazing that prisoners made and sold furniture – and imagine that – a scandal in Texas. ;-)

  6. Kirk Childress permalink
    May 11, 2010 11:18 pm

    definitely gorgeous stuff… and the more impractical the better… trust me… if you don’t bring home your fill, you will kick yourself every time you see something remotely comparable that costs 5-20x as much here.

    • May 12, 2010 6:01 am

      it was all fabuloso! and I know what you mean about not bringing something home – it was like World Market on steroids

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