In October 2016 the Biku buying team set off to explore India in search of one of a kind furniture and antique homewares for our clients. Let's just say we were not disappointed!
We started our exploration with some sight-seeing at the Taj Mahal in Agra, no photographs will ever do this monument justice. Our guide Sunjeep was excellent, we learnt all about the 400+ year history of the Taj and took the time to fully amerce ourselves in what will always be an iconic and irreplaceable experience.
The Taj Mahal at Sunrise - October 2016
Our next stop was Dehli where we spent four days at trade shows meeting some beautiful new suppliers & customising furniture and homewares that we know our customers will love.
Perhaps our most exciting part of our India tour was a visit to Jodhpur (The Blue Walled City) known for its original antique furniture, textiles, spices and tea. We were fortunate enough to stay in a beautiful old palace with views of the Mehrangarh Fort. We loved our time with the people of Rajasthan & spent hours sifting through floor to ceiling piles of antique textiles (our dream), days sourcing with our suppliers and nights sampling famous curries of the area.
Selecting from hundreds of antique spice grinders - October 2016
The last stop on our tour was Jaipur (The Pink City) best known for its famous pink architecture and jewellery. This is one of very few pre-modern Indian cities that was planned prior to construction with thought out layouts of streets and key infrastructure. We were fortunate enough to spend our five days in Jaipur with some expats who knew all the right places to shop, eat and see the true India. Amongst sourcing some more fabulous new product for Biku we also rode bareback on painted elephants, took picture with camels, visits the beautiful Amer Fort and walked the streets of the old city.
Painted for celebratory purposes these beautiful creatures were a pleasure to spend our time with!
Locals dancing along the highway in Jaipur, on their way to the temple for worship