The gourd is the annual tropical vine originating from Ottoman Culture. Its dried, lignified fruits are used for various, both decorative and practical, purposes. There are several dozen varieties of gourds differing mostly in shapes and sizes.
The structure of dried gourd is entirely different than the structure of the standard wood. It is more homogenous; it does not contain growth rings, fibers or knots. The external layer of the gourd is harder than the deeper one of a light wood. For that matter, the gourd is kind of a phenomenon in nature; it is the raw material that gives enormous processing possibilities.
HOW ARE THEY MADE?
My lamps are made of gourd (calabash). Each lamp is fully handcrafted, beginning with initial sketches, outlining and charting the pattern, through the gourd processing, like cleaning, engraving, carving, perforating, painting and protecting, creating the base of the lamp and, at the end, montage of the whole lamp.
By day my lamp is a unique sculpture, while at night the light breathes new life into that sculpture, seeping through intricately carved wood and passing through thousands of holes. Flowing shadows fill the space and cast the patterns on the surrounding surfaces, which turns each interior into scene for breathtaking spectacle. The hypnotizing light can create dreamlike, romantic atmosphere in bedroom as well as calm and peaceful vibes in home office or living room. Regardless of place, the play of light is feast for the eyes. At every turn.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE THE LAMP?
As it can be seen in my galleries, the designs of my lamps have been changing in the course of time. The time needed to create a single lamp is also extending. Depending on type and size it takes 2-4 months. I never repeat the patterns of my lamps. I want my each lamp to be unique and one of a kind. That also influences on the time I need to create it.
ARE THEY FRAGILE? DO THEY ROT? HOW LONG DOES THE LAMP LAST?
Yes, my lamps are quite fragile, which means they may break in case of hitting, falling down etc. But that is just like with many other things in our houses, especially if they are pieces of art. Although the gourd wood is different than normal wood, it is still just like dry wood. It will not rot if kept in normal, dry air conditions. Of course my lamps should not be weathered. Thus, as long as you obey hints mentioned above, nothing can happen with the lamp and it can last for years.