India boasts of some of the finest arts and crafts that are revered the world over. Whether it’s furniture from Kashmir or even Gond art from Madhya Pradesh—every state has unique offerings. While contemporary design is ever popular, an India-inspired home can prove to be a refreshing change.
TRUE TO TRADITION
Blending two very distinct styles— contemporary and ethnic—might seem impossible at first, but it’s easier than it seems. The trick is to create a complementing décor scheme that strikes the right balance between the two. “Smartly integrate classical art and modern furniture into your existing décor. Create different levels and types of seating and incorporate vibrant colours and textures by way of furnishings and upholstery to create a versatile, relaxed and informal ambience, typical of an Indian traditional home,” says Natasha Jain, Co-founder, Bent Chair. Bring in a statement piece such as furniture from Kashmir, shekhawati from Rajasthan or sankheda from Gujarat and add some warmth by way of our rich and diverse textiles and fabrics. Whether it is tie and dye, hand-blocked prints, ikat, brocade, phulkari, silk or even kantha, one is spoilt for choice when it comes to textiles and fabrics that can be easily customised to create pillow covers or even throws for your sofas and chairs. “Handicrafts like kantha with its intricate thread work makes for beautiful cushion covers. Kantha thread work is one of India’s oldest embroideries dating back to over 500 years. Traditionally practised by women from West Bengal and Odisha, the artisans weave together patches from old clothes and saris, with running stitches appearing all over. The stitches depict beautiful flowers, birds, animals and geometric patterns and motifs,” explains Tanvi Sangal, Founder, Indiavaale.com.