Functional Art from Nepal

Local legends say that a Hindu sage named "Ne" established himself in the valley of Kathmandu in prehistoric times and that the word Nepal came into existence as the place was protected (Pala) by the sage Ne.

We've collected hundreds of antique Nepalese grain urns over the last few years, and each one is truly one-of-a-kind. Ranging from the 19th to early 20th century, these grain urns were used both for short-term storage and as units of measure.

Each is crafted from solid wood and is adorned with a variety of symbols including tribal rings and, in some instances, stamps of office. Most also have a naturally derived whitewashed patina that goes with everything from beach chic to Wabi-Sabi, being truly beautiful in their imperfection. We also find that when directly lit, they are perfect accompaniments to modern settings.

Steeped in history, it's easy to become comfortable with the notion that these found objects had a long life before becoming decorative accents. As a composite collection or individually, we think today's selections would complement any home.