Lio HeadCedar and leather chair
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"For us, embossing leather is a family tradition. My father inherited it from his father, and handed it down to us."
Jose Antonio Rios and his family have been dedicated to the traditional art of tooling and embossing leather furniture for several generations. This activity was embraced by Jose Antonio's grandparents, with the same devotion and caring dedication, using the same technique to produce handcrafted items bearing their own unique touch. José Antonio Ríos says:
"For us, embossing leather is a family tradition. My father inherited it from his father, and handed it down to us. When he was very young, my father learned to work with leather, making saddles primarily for fine Peruvian paso horses. Later he established a small workshop, where he achieved such a perfection that soon his products, totally handmade, gained great acceptance and prestige.
"Today, my family and I are proudly preserving the family tradition, incorporating contemporary techniques and designs, ready to face new challenges. Our work has been exhibited in a number of national and international fairs and events. We have been awarded with significant prizes and recognitions, mainly in Brazil and Argentina.
"Our creations are totally handmade. After sketching the figures, the piece is embossed with chisel and hammer. We use several types of chisels depending on the intricacy of the motifs. Then, the embossed leather is placed on the furniture piece, simultaneously prepared.
"We finish our pieces with a mixture of walnut stain and ink, carefully matching the wood color. Furniture pieces are made from cedar and mahogany wood, carefully selected and treated. We are certain that, having been made with so much love and quality, our work will be a proud ambassador of the Peruvian culture and traditions to the world."
In the photo, José Ríos, the son.
Wow! The embossed leather tray I ordered is gorgeous. The wood color and leather color are beautiful together and the workmanship of the embossing is excellent. This piece is truly beautiful. I look forward to ordering other pieces from you. Thank you.
This leather covered chest is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever received. Unwrapping it was like opening a lovely, exotic present. The craftspersonship that went into this item is outstanding. The Rios family are true artisans.
I had a very difficult time finding just the right gift for my Mother's birthday. She has everything she needs. While browsing your site, I came across a beautiful jewelry chest, but I was afraid Mom wouldn't like it. I decided that if she didn't like it I could keep it. I worried without cause. Mom LOVED the craftsmanship of the piece. Now I just need one for myself. Thank you.
Thank-you so much for the beautiful leather coffer ""Legends""I wanted it to use for my beloved son-in-law's ashes & it is the perfect holder. we will have it blessed & ask for a blessing of the talented Rios Family. God has blessed you with a very special talent.
Purchased an exquisite embossed leather colonial chest. The craftsmanship is excellent -- the piece is heirloom quality! Thank you for sharing your gifts as artists!
Thank you for a wonderful addition to my study - the tooled leather ottoman, ""Nazca Intrigue"". The design and craftsmanship were excellent. Best regards, John Wain
Los Alamitos, CA USA
We love our table! It is a true work of art. It was packaged perfectly and arrived in prestine condition. It went together instantly and will become a treasured item in our home for years to come. Thank you!
Woodbridge, Va 22191
Dear Mr. Rios, Yesterday we received our cedar and leather chairs. The chairs are simply beautiful and we definitely would like to see more of your beautiful work. El talento que tienes es un regalo de Dios. (The talent you have is a gift from God.) Thank You, Warren and Gloria Duffie
To the Rios Family, Thank you for making the Andean Elegance mahogany and leather table that we purchased. It is beautifully made and will have a place of honor in our house. Jean and Seth Allcorn
Following several trips to Mexico, my husband and I decided that we wanted to furnish our family room in a ""Colonial Spanish"" style. We were thrilled to find the gorgeous items crafted by the Rios Family! So far we have purchased an ""Aristocrat"" rocking chair and an ""Inca"" round ottoman. My husband liked the rocker so much that he hopes to be able to purchase an additional one so we have a ""matched set."" The beauty, uniqueness, and fine craftsmanship of the items we purchased speak for themselves. Thank you for making these available to us!
Father's Day gifts have always been a challenge for me, since my Dad is retired and doesn't really need anything, so I ordered one of the Rios Family's FANTASTIC chests and had it sent directly to my Dad. He loved it instantly, and was surprised and pleased by the originality and usefulness combined. Thanks!
Thank you so much for the beautiful handcarved chest. It was given to me for a very special occasion and the beautiful artistic work will make it a treasure forever.
The leather and wood stool, created by the Rios family, that I received is absolutely beautiful. It was easy to assemble and is an incredible addition to our home decore. The craftspersonship on this piece is amazingly intricate. I will definitely be buying more items from these wonderful artists.
I am very impressed by the expert crafting of the jewerly chest ordered from the Familia Rios! The embossed leather design is charming and the detailing and finishing so well done! As well as being a treasure itself, it now contains many of my other treasures -- most ordered from Novica jewelry artisans! Thank you so much!
Me encanta la mesita ""Colonial Garden"" que ordene de ustedes!! Es tan bonitisima! Mil gracias, es honestamente perfecta. I couldn't be happier with my ""Colonial Garden"" coffee table. I absolutely love the quality and look of the piece. It's gorgeous - thanks!
I purchased the ""Colonial"" box, and it is exquisite!! I could never find this kind of workmanship in the US at this price. Thank you for this beautiful piece. I wanted it to hold my collection of Crucifixes. This will give them the dignified place they deserve. I will be back for future gifts for family and friends. Thank you Mr. Rios, and family...and Novica!!!
I just received the coffee table ""Colonial Garden"". It cannot be more beautiful or more perfect for my living room. I absolutely admire and enjoy the intricate embossing, and feel so very lucky that I found Novica.com and your work. Thank you Mr Rios!
I purchased a beautiful BALCONY GARLAND Ottoman made by the Rios family. The craftsmanship and attention to detail reflect the artistry and care that each piece created by the Rios family is sure to have. They are Masters ! NOVICA should be proud to include these artisans in their family.
DEAR RIOS FAMILY, I'M TRULY IMPRESSED BY THE DETAILED WORK ON THE RODS. I PLAN TO ORDER MORE, THEY ARE AN EYE CATCHER ALONG WITH THE TAPESTRIES. BEAUTIFUL WORK. THANK YOU
I had ordered a tapestry and the rod to go with it. I continue to be in awe of the beauty of the work and detail. Thank you.
Laguna Niguel, California
I just purchased a beautiful wooden tapestry rod to display the needlepoint that I spent almost a year hand-stitching. The lovely rod is a perfect compliment to my traditional tapestry and it is proudly featured above my mantle. How wonderful that this kind of creative artistry still exists. Thank you!
Fabulously beautiful workmanship!!!!
When my husband and I opened the box containing the Lion Chair I ordered, we both got goosebumps! The carving, craftsmanship and artistry are exquisitely beautiful, and everyone who has seen our chair wants to know where on earth we found it. In the Andes, of course, at Novica.com!!! Where else? All I can say is thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, for sharing your talent with the world! Take care and warmest regards from Texas, Charla. (I will be purchasing more of your work, I love it!)
I purchased the cedar and leather rocking chair 'Nobility' for my Mum. She was impressed about its excellent quality. The rocking chair is an eyecatcher and I am sure the Rios family will get some more orders from some of our German friends who fell in love with this wonderful chair the minute they saw it at my Mum's. Thanks from Germany!
I recived my Memoirs Coffee table in the mail today and I love it. The workmanship on it is amazingly beautiful! Another fine example of Novica artwork.
I just received two beautiful cedar and leather ""Nobility"" rocking chairs. These chairs are a stunning addition to my growing NOVICA furniture collection. Thank you Rios family !!!
I just received my 'Andean Elegance' endtable and I am quite impressed. The quality and amount of detail in this piece are remarkable, everyone who has seen it is amazed. I will surely be purchasing more furniture from this artist. They are items to be treasured.
How can I describe the superb artistry of the Rios family? The mahogany & leather table, 'Andean Elegance' was my first decided purchase. I waited a short period of time for its availability and was rewarded by an item of impeccable workmanship. I have placed some devotional items on the credenza instead of its original intended use. Thank you Rios family, I look forward to acquiring more of your treasures.
I bought the ""Nobility"" cedar and leather rocking chair. It is one of the most beautiful rockers we have ever owned. The quality of the work is perfection, it is an object of art all by itself. I plan to buy more from the Rios family in the future. The leather embossing is just beautiful and many of our family and friends can't believe the bargain we got. Such an artistic piece could demand much more money. We love it.
Independence, KY, USA
The chest came quickly and securely packed. More importantly, it was beautifully wrapped. The work was breathtaking. I will definitely buy items from this family again. Thank you for sharing your work with the world.
to: Rios Family, NOVICA I received the Embossed Leather Ottoman. It is Magnificent! I was concerned it would be made of thin leather and not durable, happly, this was not the case. The sturdy handle and clever opening on the bottom, make this a utilitarian piece of usefull furniture. I am so pleased to see that Pride in Craftsmanship is still thriving. In this age of disposable items, to know there are still true artists of Quality, is very comforting. The quality of workmanship, the attention to detail, even the wrapping and the personalized card is an example of care and pride seldom seen today. I can assure you, I will return for other items from these Artists! Dave Van Epps, Mill Valley,CA. USA
I received the stunning Colonial footstool ottoman and could not believe the absolute stunning detail in the work. I will not allow anyone to sit or place their feet on it. My stool is a beautiful piece of art in my living room, and is enjoyed as such. Thank you so very much Rios family.
I purchased a cedar and letter coffee table (Residential). The embossed leather is superb. It is nice to know that your family continues a tradition. My friends are impressed as well. The package arrived without delay.
Thanks so much for the wonderful ""Spanish Elegance"" ottoman. It is beautifully made and decorated and I am looking forward to using it for many years to come. I discovered Novica when I came across a small magazine article that featured this item. I was amazed that it was on backorder almost immediately, but the turnaround was amazingly quick and I am very pleased. Thanks.
Dear Rios Family: My husband, Oscar, and I ordered 2 furniture pieces from you and we are delighted to let you know that they are a real work of art. We got the tea cart which is absolutely magnificent and sturdy. We got the ""Elegance"" table which is beautiful and elegant. We are absolutely proud of your work and only wish your name could appear on the furniture because we consider these pieces a work of art. Thank you so much for giving us extra reason to be happy each day when we look at them and think of our beloved Andean countries. Marielena and Oscar
Rios family, my immense gratitude for the excellent work! NOVICA I wish success and prosperity. My order was delivered very quickly. Thank you very much. I'm going to do some more shopping. I apologize for bad English. Translation made google.
I am so thrilled - my first Novica purchase arrived today. I am delighted with the beautiful leather work in the Tooled Leather Basket. Thank you very much for the efficient delivery service.
Dear Senor Rios and family, The leather-tooled waste-basket which I bought from you is SO handsome!! I like it so much, that I am ordering a second one right now. Thank you for making your exquisite workmanship available to us, your ""northern neighbors""! All best wishes, Kama and Katherine Sherpa, Charleston, SC USA
Dear Rios Family, The second wastebasket which I ordered from you has arrived. It is even MORE beautiful than the first!! Your talent is truly amazing! Thank you so much, for making your expert work available to us, here in the US. Your Friend, Katherine Donovan-Sherpa Charleston, SC USA
I am very pleased with the jewelry box I bought. It is excellent craftsmanship and money well spent.
The tables are beautiful works of art. We are enjoying them very much!
I bought the Colonial Garden jewelry box, and it is more beautiful than the pictures show. The craftsmanship is so well done, I love to look at it. It currently houses my NOVICA Jewelry purchases. Thank you, Rios Family for making this beautiful peace of work, I'll cherish it.
New York, NY, USA
The Cedar tapestry rod, 'Dark Classic', definitely is a work of art. Delicately carved and with rich coloring, this piece is the perfect complement to Teodolo Ulloa's wool tapestry, ""The Birth"". Thank you, Rios Family!
Burlington, Iowa USA
Yesterday I received my beautiful new Jewelry box from the Rios Family ""Majesty"". The workmanship on it is amazing and breathtaking. The craftmanship of the Rios Family is very much evident by the details and quality also. I can hardly wait to start filling it with jewelry.
the hassock covers that i received from you are simply wonderful. i have just dropped them off to be filled and the people there took down your information....they, as well as me, fell in love! many thanks! if you would like to receive a picture of them when they are filled, i can do so, if you tell me how. I am thrilled! Susan
Just received this beautiful leather ottoman cover from the Rios Family. It is stunning in its craftsmanship & skill. Only accolades for this product. Thank You!
I just received the Regent jewelry box and I am so excited. It is much more beautiful than I imagined! Thank you
I just received my tooled leather and mohena jewelry box ""Colonial Garden"". From the picture, I knew it would be beautiful, but now that im seeing it up close, it is absolutely spectacular workmanship. The box is so beautifully detailed, and the tooled leather work is just amazing. I needed a box for my partners ashes and other special momentos and this was the one I chose. Im so glad I purchased this. It is truly special, and it was also a fantastic bargain. I love it, thank you so much, Rios Family.
Beautiful work. This box was a gift for a friend and he loved it. Thank you
Sedalia, MO, USA
Thank you so much for the beautiful table. Everyone comments on the craftsmanship and they are very surprised to find it is truly hand-crafted at such a reasonable price I will be looking to purchase more in - hopefully! - the not-too-distant future. I wish you and your family the very best, especially at this holiday season. Sincerely, Catherine A.
Breakfast in bed is FANTASTICO!!!!!
I recently received the leather waste basket-boxed, It is absolutely beautiful and very masculine. It is perfectly tooled in a deep reddish dark leather, fitting in with my library that is decorated with a rock and mineral collection, and bronze and marble statuary. This is the second item from this family that I've purchased (the first is a leather tooled box that I keep next to my chair in the living room). Thank you for sharing your talent, and thank you Novica for providing a fair trade marketplace for such artistry. Such beauty made available in a moral atmosphere--the way life should be.
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