Rows and rows of furniture. Buying unrestored furniture allows us to specify how we want them finished.Carl meets Dharma who introduces us to antique and vintage furniture dealers and managing the logistics of getting all our furniture back to Scotland. He has been working with us for eight years has been sourcing antique and vintage furniture for over 28 years and has an unrivalled knowledge of dealers and contacts. We usually buy from 10 regular dealers, but I always find time to meet new suppliers.
This how we usually find our furniture. This wonderful old blue cupboard shows a peacock on its doors. Blue is a popular colour in Rajasthan and Gujurat. Looking at this peiece again Carl really wishes he had bought it!In a day I meet with between 4-5 antique dealers most have large outside yards stacked full of unrestored furniture and warehouses with partially and fully restored stock. All have workshops where skilled carpenters, cabinet makers and other artesans will be bringing the pieces back to life. Some items need basic work to clean and remove surface dirt and grime and finish with waxing and a good polish, others need remedial work to replace broken glass, renew drawer runners, tighten joints. Extreme restoration may involve reconstructing a chest's panels, remaking doors and drawers from reclaimed teak from old furniture. We buy a selection needing wide variety of work. Buying items that need to be fully restored may seem risky, but we have total confidence in the carpenters' abilities. This trips totally new stock includes 10 original red old post office letter boxes, large soice storage tins, vinatge railway oil lanterns and handcuffs!
NEW Old post office letter boxes. We have never bought these before and have been looking for them for a while.
Umaida, a carpenter who has over 25 years experience. Look out for our interview with him in a few weeks.