A peyi is a sloping surface elevated on four legs and is used to write on. In the past, it was mostly used by traders in their shops, where they would sit in front of the peyi to write account books. This led to the furniture being known more commonly as a merchant’s desk.


  • Title: Peyi (Merchant’s desk)
  • Location: Kharwa, Ajmer, Rajasthan
  • Type: Sapaat (Surface)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Samrudha Dixit
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Metal (Iron), Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Joinery, Turning
  • Region: Merwara
  • Metal Craft Technique: Fittings

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