Classification and Use of Tea Trays

Tea tray plays a role of yes man in all tea sets with cultivation and generous-heart, who is willing to be a supporting player, but it’s indispensable. Tea tray works as a stage for teapot, cups and pitcher coming on board to present a dramatic play with tea perfume overflowing. As long as the tea tray placed, you may feel you are in a vast world, away from all busy and noisy trifles. Here are a few common tea trays with different materials.

Jade Tea Tray

The beauty of diamond lies in its hardness, eternalness and bright ness; the beauty of gems bases on its brilliance magnificent displays of radiance; the beauty of jade comes from its graceful, delicate texture. There are five virtues in jade: kindness, righteousness, wisdom, braveness, cleaning. In ancient China, jade was an embodiment of glory, happiness and symbolized fortitude as well as mercy. According to an old book Shuo Wen, the so-called jade is “the beauty in stone”. Jades are in grass green, light green, dark green, gray, and milky with deep and soft hue, forming a unique moist and smooth color. People believe that jade owns the effect of warding off evil spirits.

The unique jade tea tray has diverse styles, artistical and graceful, noble and elegant . The natural jade carries vivid and smooth texture, such as marble. For the tea tray made from marble, besides its beauty, the atural marble lines also add a bit of elegance to the tray, as well as the cool touch like water. In addition, coupled with some sculptures, the jade tea try falls in line with the realm of modern people’s pursuit of elegance and tradition.

Zipao Jade Belt Stone Tea Tray

Zipao jade belt stone is unique to Guizhou and produced in Buddhist Sanctuary Fanjing Mountain. It is dominated by a steady purple and green color, accompanied by orange, white, forming a naturally harmonious color. With distinct layers, the stone has good density and moderate hardness, delicate and soft touch. It also owns the capability of acid and alkali resistance, good carving performance. Nature not only gives Zipao jade belt stone unique characteristics but various trace elements that promote human health, containing sericite and iron oxide as the main components as well as chlorite, anatase, rutile, and tourmaline.

Purple has been known as a noble and mysterious color from ancient times, representing an auspicious color with an old saying: “the violet hazes come from the east” to express hope and the future. Utilized the natural formation and pattern of Zipao jade belt stone, at the same time taken advantage of the most traditional folk hand-carving craft, all kinds of empty carving, standing carving and embossing experience high ornamental, practical and collectible value, making the whole sculpture alive with vitality. Coming from the holy land of Buddhism, Zipao jade belt stone absorbs the aura of heaven and earth to prevent from evil spirits and protect the family safe.

Ebony Tea Tray

Ebony belongs to persimmon, mainly produced in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, etc. Due to the slow growth period, the material is delicate and dense, with small and rare brown holes, reaching to a high level of hardness. After cutting the surface, the paved pulp is very bright, like a bronze mirror or a satin surface, reminiscent of jade.

Wenge Wood Tea Tray

Wenge wood belongs to the red bean family, producing in Yunnan, Fujian in China, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Its name comes from its beautiful patterns, looking like chicken wings. Wenge Wood is divided by its color, some white and black, some yellow and purple. The sawn wood grain presents cloud-like patterns just as chicken wings. Especially on the longitudinal section, the thin patterns express nature beauty within countless variation. Compared to Rosewood and padauk, the production of Wenge Wood is much less, which carries unique wooden texture.

Bamboo Tea Tray

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant with the best material, the most useful, the largest economic value, and the largest planting area. The tea tray made from bamboo features in its fresh, natural, pure and light characteristics, not only full of practicality, but also more spirituality and poetry. The delicious moment is near you by filling the tea tray with tea and snacks.

Tea Tray Maintenance Tips:

1. Place the tea tray in a location away from doorways, windows, vents, etc.if it is indoors, to avoid strong air movement and direct sunlight.

2. In the spring, autumn and winter, humidifiers should be used to spray wet. When summer is coming, Air-conditioning should be worked to eliminate humidity and reduce wood expansion.

3. Avoid sharp scratches or abrasions.

4. Keep the tea tray clean and dry with dry gauze. Chemical brightener should not be used to avoid any damage to the paint film.

5.The wood tea tray must keep away from oil, which not only makes it difficult to clean, but also block the pores on the surface. For a long time, the tea tray becomes dull, and at the same time easy to breed bacteria.

The above is the relevant knowledge of different kinds of tea trays and a brief introduction on how to properly maintain the tea trays. Hope this passage works for tea lovers.

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