Beautiful colors still remain on this brightly painted “fo kan” ancestral family shrine from Gansu (used for ancestor worship).

Chinese-fo-kan-family-shrine Beautiful colors still remain on this brightly painted "fo kan" ancestral family shrine from Gansu (used for ancestor worship).

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.

Interior design tip: How to integrate Tibetan furniture into the home

Tibetan-furniture-interior-design-710x335 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 […]

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