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For decades, Mexico's countryside has startled our senses with the rich flavors of its traditio-bound world. As antique dealers and designers, we first became acquainted with Mexican furniture and architectural elements in the early 1970s as we traveled throughout the states of Zacatecas, San Lusi Potosi, and Jalisco, collecting textiles, masks, and folk art for our then New Mexico gallery. Charmed by the character and ingenuity of the Mexican people, we were drawn to the rugged, romantic beauty of their architecture and the soulful antiquity of their handcrafted elements.
As we became more and more familiar with the everyday routines of Mexican life, we found ourselves curious about the markings and textures that decades of time and wear had left on the indigenous furnishings and objects we had discoveredcharacter marks that were alive with history, color, and personality. Very simply, they fired our imaginations. The stories behind these pieces were the inspiration for this book. Our twenty-five-plus years of buying, collecting, restoring, and selling Mexican antiques ahve been a constant learning experience, rewarding us with surprises at every turn, and bringing us closer to the vitality of the people of Mexico and their colorful heritage.