Our wrought iron beds are costly because of the craftsmanship. They are made by heating and hammering solid iron. No part is hollow tubing nor castings. They are crafted for those who want real things.
It is love for the traditional craft and patient attention to detail that makes this collection unique.
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The prices in our catalogue include the frame. The quality of the iron bed frame is a very important factor in having a strong, sturdy iron bed. Most frames weigh less than 30lbs and have only one central support, whereas our iron bed frames have two side rails and three central supports. They also have ten points of contact with the floor, and weigh 75lbs for king size and 65lbs for queen size.
Only devoted craftsmen can give life to a design. These artisans are becoming rare, and hard to find. To master this art a blacksmith has to have a passion for wrought iron. Our artisans are trained and supervised by Giuseppe Masera (pictured above) a third generation craftsman from a family of blacksmiths renowned in Italy for the quality, style, and finish of their work. In this traditional old-world process, our artisans fan hot coals to reach the temperature that gives the pure iron its malleability. At this point the red hot iron can be shaped to the vision of the design with a hammer and anvil, resulting in the wrought iron bed of your dreams.
Our small workshop only makes a limited quantity of iron beds per year, so unlike big companies that have been manufacturing large quantities for decades, our iron beds remain both rare and unique. We have been making iron beds since 1976.
Buenos Aires' ironworks rival those of Rome and Paris. Built by Italian immigrants, the city grew fast during the "Belle Epoque" (1870 to 1920). Wonderful buildings of this period have been declared Historic Monuments by World Organizations. Architects and Artisans from Italy developed Schools of Fine Arts, and their influence and wealth of talent is easy to see in both the architecture and home furnishings of today. They set a standard of quality that still remains in the designers and craftsmen of Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is like an European capital. The people appreciate noble materials like marble, granite, iron and hard woods. In this environment the artisans that make our wrought iron beds live and work. They have the "savoir faire" of great ironworkers. They were taught not only the skills of ironwork but also have the passion for it instilled in them. They don't accept imitations. Made with aluminum castings and hollow tubing, imitations cannot attain the authenticity of the real thing - hammered solid iron.
Giuseppe Masera personally controls the quality of our beds by overseeing the artisans. Once ready, he inspects the ironwork, and upon his approval the lower part of the post is heated and the Claudio Rayes name is stamped into the iron, only then is the bed painted.
All of our designs are original works copyrighted by Claudio Rayes. His name is stamped into each wrought iron headboard and footboard as your certificate of authenticity.