Indian furniture has long been the perfect way to add an exotic and beautiful touch to the house or the office. One can find furniture made in India for almost any use, be it within the kitchen as a kitchen cabinet, or a center table in the office. However, it is important to know the Indian names for the different types of furniture - or else you might end up looking for something and buying something else! For example, a cot is called a charpoy or a khatiya, and a couch is called a diwan. In the same manner, a cupboard is called an almirah. Here is some more information about the almirah, or the cupboard:
The Almirah has a special place in the Indian Culture and Tradition:
Contrary to the western cultures cupboards which are simply storage devices, the Indian Almirah has a special place in the Indian family. Generally speaking, in an Indian family, the almirah is a place where the family jewelry, money and even other day to day objects like clothes etcetera are stored. Of course, the jewelry and cash is stored in a separate, locked compartment in the almirah and is almost never opened, except if the situation arises.
Due to this, the Almirah is furniture that is built in such a way that it can be used for everyday use as well as security and storage. The almirah usually has a tall compartment for the storage of shirts on hangers, and smaller, lower compartments for storing folded clothes like trousers, skirts, sarees, etc. there is a separate, albeit small compartment that can be locked - wherein the family valuables are stored.
The Almirah is quite Strong and Sturdy:
As previously noted, an almirah has a special place in the Indian family, and buying an alimrah is normally something that happens with a special event - like a marriage or someone else coming into the house. Therefore, the almirah has to be built very sturdy and strong, as it has to bear the wear and tear of daily use as well as offer the strength and security that a family would require for their valuables and stuff.
The Almirah can be made of several materials:
Traditionally, the almirah, or the almari as it is pronounced in Hindi, is made of wood and only wood. Even today, in rural India, an almirah means a piece of furniture that is created of any kind of wood, be it teak wood, rose wood, etc. However, with the changing times, almirahs have been made of iron, steel and other materials. However, the true aristocracy and beauty of an almirah can still be experienced only in a wooden almirah.
While there can't be any question over the fact Indian wooden furniture are some of the most admired and revered pieces of their kind in the world. Indian wooden furniture can be found in almost every corner of the world.
However, there are several myths that surround Indian wooden furniture. Following are some of them.
Handmade Indian furniture is better
While furniture from the previous ages was handmade, Indian furniture manufacturers are increasingly using modern technology to make their stuff. In fact, modern materials and methods for splice-assembly have increased many numbers of times. Adhesives used today are far better than their earlier peers and the machinery used by the Indian furniture manufacturers are able to cut wood and finish it to the minutest detail. Modern lacquers and coatings that are mostly organic, fare better than their older counterparts and have more stamina. They protect the timer and wood and give it a better brilliance.
The protective layer needn't be nurtured
Over the passage of time, the liner on the wood can lose its fact structure, which in turn can lead to the cracking of the wood. The furniture must be treated with polish or wax, at least once in two years, so that the wood retains its luster. Chairs, kitchen cabinets and tables that are used daily, must be treated with polish every year. The polish prevents scratching of the wood and also protects it from scratches.
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