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metal magic

Our homes are our castles and as such, we want them to be magnificent, beautiful and strong enough to stand the test of time. To create the home of your dreams, there are no better materials to incorporate into your design, lighting and decor than copper, brass and bronze.

Copper was first used by man over 10,000 years ago. A copper pendant discovered in northern Iraq has been dated 8,700 BC. Copper was the first and only metal known to man and thus was used for everything we could possibly use metal for. Not until about 4,000 BC did gold appear on the scene as man's second metal. Gold is so soft; to make something, one needs to add some percentage of copper.

Brass has a yellow color somewhat similar to gold. It is relatively resistant to tarnishing and is often used for decoration. Brass has been known to man since prehistoric times. For many centuries, bronze reigned supreme, being used for plows, tools of all kinds, weapons, armour and decorative objects. South Asians have been using brass and copper household products and decor pieces for a long time now.

Hundred of impressive and stunning products are still available, that will meet architecture and lighting or décor needs. Dhamrai a small town near Dhaka is famous for craftsmanship in bronze and brass metals, and had a cottage industry that flourished for hundreds of years. Now, however that proud heritage is in danger of being lost. Some of our craft centers still promote this indigenous product, though. Aarong, Karika, among others, are selling these metal works with their other indigenous products.

Smriti Shwarup is one of the oldest shops in the New Elephant Road. They are offering various types of decor products. These include authentic decoration pieces embellished with traditional Bengal motifs, made by very old craftsman. There's no doubt that they will enhance the beauty of every home.

Lamp Shade: There are different types of lamps available in the market today; standing lamps, hanging lamp, table-top lamp, etc. Each of these come with their own kind of lamp-shades. A brass standing lamp placed beside an antique sofa creates an enchanting impact. The shades are neatly carved with floral motives. Light passes through the brass nets to create a magical impression.

Wine pot: A huge wine pot can placed in any corner of our living room to add that instant Mughal flair to the décor.

Animals figure: If you're an animal lover, showcase your interest by getting yourself some of those cute brass figurines shaped like lions, deer, elephants, giraffes or swans, or any of your favourite fauna.

Wall hanging brass plate: In the sixties, it was fashionable to hang an ornamental copper plate at the entrance. Some copper plates are really gorgeous. Place one in your foyer for some visual interest.

Water pot: In Bengali 'kalshi' is a popular figure in every house. The black antique water pot looks dramatic in the washing area.

Pan shupari bata: Betel leaf being the chewing gum of the Sub-continent, there was a time when each household had its own betel-leaf box or paan-shupari bata. These days, that essential container is making a comeback as a trendy showpiece. The copper ones are really pretty. Get one for your collection now!

Metal being one of the five Chinese elements, can really add some pizzazz to the look of your home if you incorporate it tastefully. Displayed objects can suggest achievements, memories or even humour. Mix and match, and let your imagination flow to create some metal magic.

By Nazneen Haque Mimi
Interior Consultant
E-mail: journeym@citechco.net
Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan
Special thanks to Mr & Mrs Mofizur Rahman



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