Skillfully Constructed Pine & Wrought Iron Furniture
Beautiful Hand Painted Ceramics
Exquisite Silver Jewelry
Extensive Collection of Mexican Folk Art
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All of these products are of the finest quality
and Fine Mexican Imports is committed to offering all of our imports,
from the large-scale furniture to the smallest piece of silver jewelry,
as 100% hand-crafted, making each item a truly unique piece of art
that is sure to become something to be passed down from generation
to generation. We hope that Fine Mexican Imports will soon become
your number one for exclusive home accents and unique gifts at affordable
Mexican Pine Furniture
Fine Mexican Imports is proud to import fine Mexican handcrafted
furniture. Our pieces are crafted of the local kiln-dried pinewood
found just outside of Guadalajara in central Mexico. Each piece
begins its construction by first being carefully hand constructed.
Next, the artisan meticulously carves out simple accents. Then the
piece is stained in rich colors and waxed to give it the final finish.
Lastly, most pieces are finished with forged iron hardware giving
it that old world feel. Because Mexican style furniture is made
of natural materials and because it has developed from the influence
of other countries, it is easily adaptable to many styles and tastes.
Don’t be fooled by many popular catalog reproductions; our
furniture is the real thing. Each piece is handmade of solid wood
and is crafted by artisan families. Please remember that each piece
is hand-crafted, so no two are exactly alike.
Wrought Iron Furniture
In addition to our selection of Mexican pine furniture, Fine Mexican
Imports also has a beautiful selection of wrought iron furniture.
Our artisans forge iron into credenzas, candleholders, wine racks,
and many other home accents using methods developed centuries ago.
We are proud to offer this centuries old art form in both traditional
and new modern styles.
Alebrijes (a-lay-bree-hays) are the detailed wood carvings from
the Oaxaca (wuh-ha-ka) region of Mexico. These bright little creatures
begin as simple pieces of Copal wood and then are carefully carved
and painted by our skilled artisans. Alebrijes have been made for
centuries as toys for children in Oaxaca; however, these one-of-a-kind
crafts recently caught the eye of foreigners who were eager to purchase
them as works of art in their own right.
North of Guadalajara, in the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, live
the Huichol (wee-chol) Indians. Here indigenous beliefs still flourish
and the unique art the Huichols produce is still centered around
their traditional beliefs. The meticulously detailed bead and yarn
art they produce is made by pressing either the beads or yarn into
beeswax to form a picture. In the Huichol religion peyote, a hallucinogen
derived from cactus, is very important in their communication with
their gods. Before producing their bead or yarn art, the Huichols
consume peyote because they see their art not as a simple decoration,
but as a way of contacting their gods and expressing their beliefs.
Papel Amate: Bark Paintings
Papel Amate or bark paintings are the local handicraft developed
by the Nahua Indians of Guerrero. The process of creating these
lively paintings is begun by washing and boiling the bark of mulberry
or fig trees. The bark is then lined up on wooden boards and beaten
with a stone until the fibers fuse together forming a dense paper-like
material. The Nahuas then use vibrant colors to paint scenes of
everyday life and traditions.
de los Muertos: Day of the Dead
Day of the dead, or Dia de los Muertos as it is called in Mexico,
is a truly unique celebration that takes place every November 1st.
On this day, Mexicans believe that their departed loved ones return
for one day of celebrating in our world. In honor of their loved
one’s return, they construct ofrendas, or temporary alters
which consist of marigolds, incense, candles, food, and of course
tequila. It is also during this time of year that the artisans create
calacas, which are handmade skeleton figurines or shadow boxes depicting
a joyful afterlife. For Mexicans, the calacas demonstrate the continuity
of life after death.
Oaxacan Black Pottery
In the same region where the colorful alebrijes are crafted, the
artisans also make a distinctive style of pottery, simply known
as Oaxacan Black Pottery. The pottery comes in a variety of sizes
and shapes and is often embellished with little cut outs forming
geometric designs. The shiny black color is achieved by firing the
pottery in pit kilns. The iron oxide already present in the local
clay turns black during the firing process. After firing, the artisan
burnishes and polishes the piece to make it shine.
is legend that when Moctezuma (the last Aztec emperor) first laid
eyes on the Talavera pottery brought by the Spaniards, he said he
wouldn’t eat off of anything else. Talavera Pottery truly
is a beautiful work of art, fit for emperors and everyday people
alike. Talavera, named after the Spanish town where it originated,
was brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. Today it is
mostly produced in the town of Puebla, but there are Talavera workshops
all over Mexico. Our Talavera comes from Guadalajara, and is produced
by the Erandi family. All Talavera products are 100% lead free and
are microwave & dishwasher safe.
Taxco Silver Jewelry
Mexico has always been known for its abundance of silver, but perhaps
the most well known city for its silver is Taxco (tas-co). Taxco
is located just several hours south of Mexico City, and is known
for having the richest vein of silver in all of Mexico. If you are
to visit Taxco today, you would encounter a mind boggling 300 silver
shops. At Fine Mexican Imports, we have taken the effort out of
looking for fine silver pieces. Mexican jewelry is marked government
stamp ‘.925’ or the spread-eagle which certifies that
the piece is 92.5% sterling silver.