Handmade in Mexico, the recyclable tin and glass “Hacienda” lantern can sit on a table to shelter a pillar candle, or hang from the ceiling as a light fixture. $54.95, novica.com

2 Throw out the old rule for metallics: Mix silver and gold as you fancy. A gilded runner or place mat, like this fair-trade version made in Pakistan for ABC Carpet & Home, makes for a rich accent piece. $55, ABC Carpet & Home, 212.473.3000

3 Crafted by farmers in Rajasthan, India, the “Temple” tea lights from World of Good were handmade by pressing individual mirrors and beads into warm lacquer. $4.95 each, worldofgood.com

4 Why buy new silverware? Set the table with mismatched vintage patterns, like these French forks, for a less formal, more eclectic feel. $48 to $156 for six, ABC Carpet & Home, 212.473.3000

5 Shimmery, jewel-toned plates from Fire and Light are made from recycled glass, and show off the color and pattern of the tablecloth underneath. $26 to $34, fireandlight.com

6 Vintage Indian saris can be recast as beautiful, unexpected table linens. Cover your entire table, or lay one folded down the middle as an accent. $125 to $200, ABC Carpet & Home, 212.473.3000

This article originally appeared in Plenty in June 2006. This story was added to MNN.com.

Copyright Environ Press 2006.

A scene from a faraway land
Turn your table international by layering exotic pieces and rich colors.