Rawicz (ra-vee-ch) is the artist’s family coat of arms dating back to 1003 and brand name for a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, signed, numbered and dated indoor pet palaces for the smallest of human companions (up to 18 pounds). These stunning dog palaces are made from semiprecious stone, Swarovski crystals, solid exotic woods and veneers. Chihuahuas, Papillons, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds, and other small breeds would enjoy residing in this gorgeous work of art.
The Rawicz crystal palace has 18 inch wide and 18 inch deep interior space, reaching up to approximately 25 inches at the tip of its pitched roof. Its external roof is made from tiny mother of pearl rhombus tiles edged in solid purple heart wood. Its external walls are covered with over 40,000 Swarovski crystals (sparkling with diamond-like beauty in sunlight or artificial light) and edged in solid purple heart wood, also used as frames for the two arched windows (filled with brass mesh) and the arched entry way. Interior walls, floor and pitched ceiling are skillfully inlaid with a beautiful design made from purple heart and ash veneer. Feet and top finial are silver leafed.
A special order lavish sheep skin pillow (choice of off white or dark brown) with an organic aromatherapy lavender insert is added for comfort.
The back wall of this palace is decorated with a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, jeweled Zardozi carpet. These treasures were carefully chosen to add to the uniqueness of these palaces. They are intricately woven in Kashmir of metallic thread and semiprecious stones.
Each Rawicz Pet Palace has a burned signature at its bottom (the Rawicz family coat of arms), date and product number. Also, each palace has a good luck charm made of Swarovski crystals hidden in its interior, known only to the artist and the owner, to further validate authenticity of the product.
This treasure weighs approximately 40 pounds. Its roof can be opened for ease of cleaning.
This is only one of three currently available Rawicz Pet Palaces. The artist is contemplating creating two additional pet palaces in the same size and shape primarily made of tiger eye and multi-colored Swarovski crystals. He is also considering further work in amethyst, malachite and amber….. especially amber, as he spent many years as an amber jeweler. He welcomes the opportunity to create special order work in any material, shape and/or size.
In addition to the pet palaces, the artist is offering to create a stand-alone feeding area with matching pet palace materials and two Tiffany bowls (for food and water).
The Rawicz Pet Palace product price - the current product price is based on the cost of materials and artisan hourly rate. It can take approximately a month to create one of these masterpieces.
Marek Kurowski, the artist, is a jeweler and a European master craftsman having worked and trained over the past forty years in historical restoration, design and manufacturing of architectural woodwork, custom cabinetry and furniture. His artistry has been featured in Architectural Digest and other publications. Testimonials on the artist’s craftsmanship and quality of work are available upon request.
Marek is combining his decades of experience making works of art with wood and jewelry to create these exquisite pet palaces. Providing a Rawicz pet palace for your precious, four-legged family member is a statement of how important he/she is to your life.