Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Passionate about Antiques.

I fell in love with this traditional Kerala mansion and all the amazing antique chests, lamps, pillars it housed.
This is Rafia Jacob in her lovely colonial mansion in Kottayam named Casa Kunnenkeril.
Rafia is passionate about antiques, she collects colonial furniture, unusual artefacts, accessories.. which is displayed casually in her home & garden.Rafia also restores old Kerala houses. Her craftsmen repair and restore these houses and bring them back to their original splendor. Great Job!Amazing wooden chests, pillars and traditional brass lamps.
Teak & Rose wood furniture
Antique brass beetle nut crackers and accessories.Lovely, Lovely furniture, desks, cupboards & chairs.
Copper Sulphate coloured chandelier in the living room.

Hope you enjoyed the antiques as much I enjoyed sharing them. I am so inspired, I am off to re-arrange the furniture in my home :-)

( images from Inside Outside Magazine, June 2005 issue)

11 comments:

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I esp. like the antique beetle nut crackers. I have a collection, too. I also have a collection of 5 antique beetle boxes, with all their little compartments inside! Love them.

Gypsy Purple said...

Oh wow.....loved this!!!!
Love that chandelier

Rochambeau said...

She has a beautiful style. It is tasteful yet soulful and not over the top. It feels like a place you could live in.

Thanks Arch.

Arch said...

Maryam- Yes, I love antique beetlenut crackers & boxes...I have a few of them from our travels:-)

gypsy purple- Thanks..Isn't it amazing!

rochambeau- I just loved it and hence had to share. Thanks:-)

vineeta said...

yrfinally i have found a design blogger from India! :) i discovered decor8 a couple of months back & since then i've been wondering & unable to find indian design bloggers. Im so so thrilled to see your blog, have checked the links to your flickr & seen the scrumptiuos snaps of your home. awesome :) im an art director from bombay. new to this entire blogoshpere. for now you can check my flickr link- by way of introduction. hopefully my blogs on its way :)soon.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8742949@N08/

vineeta said...

i've not managed to go thru all yr posts yet, but intend to & finally will be able to make decor & antique queries to someone finally! thanx & cheers!

Arch said...

Vineeta-Welcome!
Glad to see a design blogger from India:-)

Pacchai Milagai said...

Hello Arch... yet another beautiful space... I love the beetle nut crackers and the typical kerala/south Indian lamps.. we have many different sizes at home in India.. I intend to bring some back when I go back next time.

katiedid said...

I just discovered your blog through decor8 and simply adore it! So beautiful and inspirational. I am going to add you to my link list so I can remind myself to visit often! What a beautiful home in this post. :)

Arch said...

Pacchai- Thanks:-) I think next time you are in India you should definitely get back the things from your home.
I personally treasure all the old lamps, utensils, antiques from my home.

Katiedid- Welcome!
Thanks for linking me...do drop by often.

swarna said...

I really love the pictures, esp the beetle nut crackers and the colourful lamps.

I think Rafia is doing a wonderful job of restoring the beautiful homes. i really wish i could be invovled in something like that.


thanks arch