Bone & Shell Inlay Homewares - Why We're Obsessed!

Bone & Shell Inlay Homewares - Why We're Obsessed!

Posted by Zohi Interiors on 30th Jan 2023

Our obsession with inlay furniture and homewares is clear. We love that it’s so versatile and can look beautiful in any décor scheme. We love that its customisable making it literally one of a kind if required. You can select from any colour under the sun and the patterns range from traditional to contemporary, floral, geometric, Moroccan, Art Deco, stripes, coastal, relaxed or New York luxe, tessellations and more. Artfully crafted, inlay is unique and has an exotic charm to it. We’ve noticed its popularity with all of you as well!

We directly source our bone & mother of pearl inlay pieces from artisans in the beautiful region of Rajasthan India. Rajasthan is famous for its magical temples and palaces as well as its vibrant and colourful culture. Sourcing these pieces directly from Rajasthan allows us to provide you with individual pieces that have their own story.

How Inlay Furniture and Homewares is Made

To create these beautiful pieces of furniture delicately carved pieces of abalone shell and honourably sourced camel and buffalo bone have been individually inlaid onto a wooden frame in an elaborate pattern. Layers of coloured resin are then used to fill around the mosaic design.

Each piece is made by hand at every stage of the process and can take weeks. When one of the many religious festivals takes place, the craftsman return to their surrounding villages to celebrate with their families putting the workshop on hold! In between festivals they return to the workshops where they live and work 6 days a week.

Decorating with Bone & Mother of Pearl Inlay

Bone and mother of pearl inlay furniture fits perfectly into Moroccan, bohemian and Indian inspired homes but its diverse appeal also makes it the perfect addition for a French provincial setting, tribal or boho chic or a classic Hampton’s home. Our advice is to keep the rest of the styling simple and let the Mother of Pearl shine.

Alternatively an eclectic display or bright geometric cushions also team well with the bone & mother of pearl pieces. The possibilities are unlimited and you or your design consultant will enjoy bringing your own flavour to this style of furniture.

You can select any item to make your feature or add the finishing touch to your decor. From boxes and trays, wall crosses, mirrors and lamps to bedheads, bedside tables, side tables, coffee tables, entertainment units and cocktail cabinets to name but a few! The choice is as  broad as the road to Udaipur!

Embossed Furniture

Inspired by another ancient craft, an alternative to inlay is to cover the wooden item with embossed metal. The metal comes in nickel or antique gold and features intricate embossing in various patterns. You can also tailor these items to your required measurements and configuration. For timeless heirloom pieces that are truly different, you won’t be disappointed with this range. Take a look at some of the inspiring uses of embossed metal finish below.


If you love beautiful bone & mother of pearl inlay, or embossed homewares, as much as we do, check out the stunning pieces we have in stock on our Sydney warehouse, in our Indian warehouse ready to dispatch (via airfreight – takes just 10 days) or reach out to chat about your ideal piece. We love to help tailor pieces to your requirements!




*Minimum spend $150. Excludes sales & discounted items.

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