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I think I have mentioned before that I am not much of a crystal lover. The only way I like crystal is – and I share this with my husband- when it is in the form of a decanter. My husband, of course, likes it even more when it is filled with dark coloured liquids which he can drink !
Sometime back we made a trip to Waterford in Ireland and to the crystal factory that town is famous for and bears the same name.
I had a vague idea about the fact that crystal was cut but now I saw how lead and silica are heated to a molten mass, blown into shapes, cooled and then manually cut into finer, perfect shapes, the surface often carved with geometrical patterns. You can say that each piece is actually a sculpture.
Since then, I view our decanters with deep respect and have started handling them with a little more care !
I felt I owed it to them to bring them into focus. So about a month and a half ago, I put them onto my dining table. When you have an object in one place for a long time you tend not to notice it. But the minute you change it’s position, belive me, you start noticing it- especially if you can place it on your table, sit around it and have a meal. It is like viewing a work of art from close, relate-able quarters. That is how I view tablescapes.
The cool, transparent quality of glass and crystal had to have something with softness, opacity and colour. For some reason saafas or traditional Indian turbans came to my mind. They, like crystal, had also an air of luxury. They are easy to make if you have saris or any long piece of fabric. Just twist the fabric into a rope and drape it round and round and tuck the end in .
The stopper of the decanter placed on a leaf so it takes on the green of the leaf-
A tiny, tear-drop shaped, green glass vase from a charity shop- cost me 1 Euro-
Our two pieces of Murano glass decanters in blue and green and multi- coloured glass
Then my favorite piece among our decanters- an eight faceted, plain piece, also from Bohemia.
I filled it, and the others. with dogwood stems and elderflower blossoms from an overgrown patch outside our compound. I requested Aigars, the embassy chauffeur to actually climb on a ladder to cut some of these blossoms and Aigars kindly obliged-
The saafa with a twig of dogwood-
White placemats from a fabulous shop in Jaipur, ‘Soma’. These are block printed with white on a broken white background. Soma’s prints are beautiful. Take a look at their products by clicking here. You can recognize the blue ‘Fabindia’ napkins, can’t you ? They are rolled into narrow cones-
The blue saafa I made from a sari. It was in crepe de chine and had no bulk so I wrapped it around another sari.
A fuller view of the table-
Light passing through the glass decanters and reflecting off the surface of the table looks gorgeous. On the side, to echo the blue is a glass leaf shaped bowl from Lobmeyer, Austria. A confession-I had bought them to give away as gifts but couldn’t bear to part with them !
See the little glass ‘fruit’ with a leaf ? They are also from Lobmeyer. We bought six pieces, lost two, now have only four remaining. I have always found them to be steady companions and discovered I can use them in many different settings..
Something I did when I first set this table was to use my red place mats. I decided they looked too bright with the decanters so I changed them and put white mats instead. But since they did not look too bad – I have put up some pictures for you to see how the red mats look-
Which one do you think works better ? The white mats or the red ?
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