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It is well known to tea enthusiasts that choosing the right tea-ware is as much important, if not more, as choosing the right tea leaves. Rituals to perfectly blend tea and water have been continuing since ages, which has now become a tradition depending on which country the ritual originated in. Here are a few traditional tea-wares from around the world:
When the British got porcelain tea-wares from China, they were intrigued by the fineness of the product and how delicate it was. Trying to replicate the material, in 1748, a potter in England tried adding burnt ashes of animal bones to the paste consisting of ground glass, clay, soapstone, and quartz. Since then, it has been known as Bone China, made with animal bone ashes!
Nowadays everyone who loves a traditional piece of tea-ware decorating their shelves has at least one tea-ware made of Bone China.
It is a traditional tea-ware, which is rather large in size, as compared to other tea-wares. It is used to warm and boil tea water. There have been many developments in the way a traditional samovar looks. Today a typical samovar would appear like a trophy but with a snout or a tap to pour the tea water out. Even though traditional samovars are more popular because of their intricate artwork and designs, other varieties such as electric ones and those burning on oil are also commonly used. Traditional samovars are usually used outside homes because they require heating by coal, which covers a bigger area.