Jaipur in India is one of the most beautiful parts of Rajasthan. And it is also where our friends Sandeep and Ravi have their furniture factory as it's a hotbed of skilled craftsmen. Ravi's the talker of the two and loves to wax lyrical about the quality of their operation - the first thing he ever showed us was the cleanliness of the staff loos! Sandeep is the quieter, more scientific side of the partnership who ensures the products are made to perfection.
Like furniture makers the world over, most of Sandeep and Ravi's team have known nothing other than this hands-on trade all their lives. The skill they have which we've mostly lost in this country is the ability to carve timber as well as apply a hand-finished and characterful look.