“Bon Appetit”, but wait! a good appetite should not only be confined to delectable flavors; etiquettes and hygiene are also very important aspects for a fulfilling meal. A fine dining experience is incomplete without adequate and appropriate accessories and coasters and table mats form an important piece of the puzzle for a complete experience. Nothing grabs the attention of onlookers better than these intricately designed table mats which captures the imagination of everyone who comes across them. Coasters hold a special appeal to the connoisseurs of drinks throughout the world, a delight which can differentiate your brand and ensure that everyone pays a second visit at your doorstep. Hence, coasters make an ideal gift for your loved ones who appreciate food.

Agate Coaster


 

Gujarat

The semi-precious agate stone is used as a kitchen tray, coaster or a table mat. The town of Khambhat in Gujarat is the chief production center for agate stoneware with its local artisans specializing in stone cutting, shaping, polishing, drilling and finishing of the final product. In fact, agate from Khambhat is geographically identified to be authentic to be sourced from this location by the World Trade Organisation.

Black Mother of Pearl Table Mat


 

Uttar Pradesh

Mother of Pearl has been used for multiple decorative purposes since long periods of time. The pieces of shell are smoothened and arranged in ornamental fashion on wood carvings or inlaid in brass objects. It gives both an embossed and a glossy look on finishing. Most products are fashioned in a simple and elegant fashion for mainly room décor and kitchen accessories such as crockery, coasters and bathroom dispensers etc.

Black and White Mother of Pearl Coaster


 

Uttar Pradesh

Mother of Pearl has been used for multiple decorative purposes since long periods of time. The pieces of shell are smoothened and arranged in ornamental fashion on wood carvings or inlaid in brass objects. It gives both an embossed and a glossy look on finishing. Most products are fashioned in a simple and elegant fashion for mainly room décor and kitchen accessories such as crockery, coasters and bathroom dispensers etc.

Blue Pottery Coaster


 

Rajasthan

Blue Pottery, a unique craft distinctive to the Pink City Jaipur is slowly gaining popularity these days. Handmade with intricate floral patterns or animal and bird motifs, each piece is exquisitely painted and crafted in its own way. The shades of blue, turquoise, pale pink and green coloring the pottery with a shining coat of glaze, is sure to light up the room instantly. It includes a wide range of products from home decor to bathroom accessories to utility products such as vases, fruit bowls, coasters and beer mugs, making them an ideal and thoughtful gift for any occasion.

Cane Table Mat


 

Meghalaya

Cane as a craft type is found across the northern, eastern, north-eastern and southern parts of the country. But it is predominantly found and practiced in north-east India, especially in Assam. The variety of cane used determines the quality of the product made. For example, a kind of muli bamboo locally known as ‘mulibazail’ is used for making umbrella handles. Two other varieties of bamboo locally known as ‘Mrithinga’ and ‘Bethua’ and different varieties of canes locally known as ‘sundi’, ‘barjali’, ‘harua’ and ‘golla’ are required for specific designs in making furniture and baskets.

Coconut Shell Coaster


 

Karnataka

The coconut tree is well-known for its multi-utility nature with all of its components used for food, oil, timber, rope, fuel and handicrafts. Even the hard coconut shells are utilized, being carved into beautiful patterns and objects which can be used in everyday life such as bowls, boxes, wall clocks, toys, wind chimes and even accessories such as pendants or earrings. Not only is it decorative but also functional in all aspects.

Coconut Shell Table Mat


 

Karnataka

The coconut tree is well-known for its multi-utility nature with all of its components used for food, oil, timber, rope, fuel and handicrafts. Even the hard coconut shells are utilized, being carved into beautiful patterns and objects which can be used in everyday life such as bowls, boxes, wall clocks, toys, wind chimes and even accessories such as pendants or earrings. Not only is it decorative but also functional in all aspects.

Horn Coaster


 

Uttar Pradesh

Bone and Horn carving has its roots in ivory carving and since the ban on commercial trading of ivory started in India, a shift of favor towards bone-crafted products has increased. While different types of bones and horns are chosen as per the desired carving – usually the bones and horns from buffalo or bullock carcasses is preferred. Detail-oriented skills are required for the minute and intricate carvings. These products range from accessories to home decor to fashion such as cutlery, bowls, boxes, belts, drinking glasses, walking sticks etc.

Mango Wooden Coaster


 

Uttar Pradesh

Saharanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh is well renowned for its work on wood carving and brass-inlay work on wood. Having influences from Kashmiri designs, their open worked screens with vines and floral patterns threading through the entire screen is very famous. Each work is methodically carved, engraved and buffed to give an other-wordly shine. Along with shelves, furniture and coasters, small toys such as trains and planes are also designed. Piggy banks ranging in different sizes are also made quite popular by them.

Papier Mache Coaster


 

Jammu and Kashmir

The craft known by the French term “papier-mache’” which literally means “paper pulp”, is locally known as “kar-e-kalamkari” or “pen-case work”, after its traditional Iranian name. Papier-mache’ was practiced as a form of decoration on the wooden wall panels and wooden furniture, and was eventually adapted to paper moulds as well. Trays, jewellery boxes and book covers were made for royal patrons and members of their courts. The two major processes involved in the craft are “sakthsazi” or “mould making” and naqqashi or “mould painting”. The naqqash renders the surface in intricate floral patterns or highly stylized scenes of hunts and battles. The Mughal period saw the art extending to palanquins, ceilings, bedsteads, doors and windows.

Wooden Coaster


 

Uttar Pradesh

Saharanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh is well renowned for its work on wood carving and brass-inlay work on wood. Having influences from Kashmiri designs, their open worked screens with vines and floral patterns threading through the entire screen is very famous. Each work is methodically carved, engraved and buffed to give an other-wordly shine. Along with shelves, furniture and coasters, small toys such as trains and planes are also designed. Piggy banks ranging in different sizes are also made quite popular by them.

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