The art of bone / mother of pearl inlay is specific to the Udaipur region of India, where this meticulous skill is handed down from generation to generation. Three craftsmen are employed to make a piece of inlay furniture: the first hand-carves camel bone / mother of pearl into delicate shapes; the second affixes the pieces onto a wooden frame in intricate patterns; while the third fills in around the bone with the coloured resin background. The entire process takes about 3 weeks. There will be natural variations in the colour of bone / mother of pearl used in any one piece of furniture. In addition, there may be some colour variation in the resin surrounding the inlay work. This is more apparent where the pattern is spread out.
To clean your bone inlay furniture, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Harsh cleaning products should never be used. Bone Inlay furniture has a porous surface, so items in high-use situations – such as coffee tables – should be sealed prior to use. Grout sealant (available from any hardware store) is suitable for this task. We also recommend putting a small amount of furniture wax / Vaseline onto your inlay piece from time to time to ensure that the coloured “filler” does not dry out.