Known as “fó kān” (佛龛) in Chinese these are shrines of worship – essentially a family temple. In ancient times, Fo Kan were dug from rock much like niches or grottos. Later stone, wood and other materials were used. Eventually Fo Kan began taking on architectural characteristics, modeling houses, official buildings and even palaces. This particular one is quite impressive and its owner would likely have had some level of material wealth.
Tibetan furniture and Tibetan Antiques
A reading list of recommended books for collectors of Tibetan antiques and artifacts
A recommended reading list of books of interest to the study of Tibetan Antiques from thangka to metal work to furniture.
Tibetan painted furniture: Dinning table made from an old door.
Design Project: This bright and colorful coffee table is made from a repurposed old door panel reclaimed from a home in Tibet.
Basic guide to recognizing Tibetan antique furniture – Part 1
A quick visual guide to help you determine if the “Tibetan style” antique furniture you see on the market is indeed authentic or it is a inexpensive reproduction.
Interior design tip: How to integrate Tibetan furniture into the home
Chinese furniture is becoming more and more popular, surely about 50% of the decorated homes have an item one or the other Asian style. Before the 90’s Asian furniture used in western interiors was often of a abstract, cold, zen style. Mono-colored cabinets, without any curls. Often plain red or black lacquered. But in the […]