When the days hunt was over and our ancestors headed back in the dark to the safety of their cave, they made sure they did so in haste as with every roar of the sabre tooth tiger or bellow of the herd of mastodons, they could imagine those fearsome teeth sinking into their backside or those hoofs trampling over their bodies. And so, at night, as we sink into our armchair and warm ourselves by the fire, we liven up our quarters, just as our ancestors did, with drawings and paintings of our surroundings. Art is an expression of our nature as humans. It separates us from the beasts of the night and provides us great pleasure to revel in it's splendor.
So if I am pontificating too much here, on this my first posting on our new web site, it is because that is who we are and what we believe in and you will see our expressions of things we think look nice, and hope that some of them will strike a chord in your hearts as well. We try and incorporate great art into furniture. We are constantly creating better ways to illustrate our vision and expand our offerings of furniture and artistic styles.
Currently we are heavily focused on outdoor art, but we love a lot of different styles of art and are starting to bring them into the offering mix. I recently took my three oldest daughters on a trek into the Peruvian Highlands to a place called Choquequirao, which means "cradle of Gold" in Quechua, and then on to Quariyarachina, which translates as "place where Gold is sifted by the wind" which was a little higher elevation, up in the puno grasslands above the timberline, around 13,000', and we continued on for several more days, going over a pass that was 15,400' tall. Lindsey, fell going over a small creek and almost went over a waterfall, but other than that, it was pretty uneventfull. People ask what I was doing as this was happening and I tell them honestly, that I was sitting down at the time and was taking pictures of her and the guide who was right behind her and who picked her out of the current.
Why am I telling you this? I'm getting to it shortly. So at the time we went over these trails, seeing no one but the indigenous people, we were about 10 years late to meet up with the Luminosa Sendero or "shining path" marxist fighters who used to roam these hills, although we did see evidence of them, and their socialist experiments on the natives, where there was an old abandoned co-op building, in a small village about 2 days from the nearest road, and who had taken the last silver mine in the area and run their mining carts over the edge of the canyon down to the bottom. So anyway, this area we were in was only a few days travel from the last redoubt of the Inca's, who fought Pizarro and his men for thirty years after the official surrender in Cuzco, and was still a wild and wooly area and some of the most beautiful mountain countryside I have ever hiked in. Hillsides were covered with blue Lupin that was 10 feet tall and glaciers had receded up the valleys not that many years ago. Trails were cut right into the cliffsides that fell off thousand of feet below us. Sometimes cattle would be herded along these narrow cliffside trails, while we were on them, and it was more excitement than you can imagine, to see the lead bull, with big horns heading our way. Oh boy, did my girls wish they were vacationing somewhere else at these times.
So we started studying the pre-inca culture recently, we found out there was a first ever exhibition of the WARI culture, circa 600 to 1000 AD, at the Cleveland Art Museum. I bought the book on the exhibit, and have been studying the complex and beautiful textile patterns that were created by the WARI, as well as their pottery. Some of this art was discovered by the Modernists in the 70's but no one to my knowledge has really made an effort to present it to the modern world in a commercially feasible fashion. Well, we are going to attempt to do that here shortly. I think some of the patterns would look very nice on our wine cabinets. First though, I think I will have to take an exploratory look at the headquarters of this culture, in Ayacucho, and may take a short little 10 day trek to Espiritu Pampa, which was also, coincidentally, the last holdout city of the Incas.