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How to pick the right antiques

india Updated: Nov 07, 2010 00:34 IST
Aroma Sah
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With so many shops in the market that claim to sell antique furniture and accessories, finding the right pick is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. We bring to you ideas that will help you find the right kind of antiques available in the market.

Antique knowledge

Talking of furniture and home accessories, the dictionary defines antique as a piece of furniture, tableware or the like, made at a much earlier period. It may not necessarily be out-of-date. Usually, antique is applied to objects at least 100 years old, that lend a nostalgic feeling.

Abhay Gupta of Blues Home says, “It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in the human society. ‘Antiques’ give an overall look in a descriptive way, which enhances the story behind the decor.”

Antique furniture Get the look

Antiques give a distinctive look to the beauty of the house. Gupta says, “Antique furniture reveals a lot about the nature and the essence of the past, and also reflects the same in the decor in a positive manner. Antiques target a fashion segment and are often used as props for shoots and decors.”

Rakesh Mohil of Arc Home Décor says, “Antique furniture, like a product of artistic design, may be considered as a form of decorative art. In addition to the furniture’s functional role, it can serve a symbolic or religious purpose.” The main benefit of using antique furniture in your home is that they complement any type of home decor. They can in fact, create a great difference and thus give your room a complete new look.