Over the past few decades, contemporary design has taken India by storm. An invasion of home accessories and furniture from other cultures has ensured that there is a delicate shift in décor ideas. Based on minimalism—straight lines and subtle colours were in vogue. Now, ethnic Indian designs are making a comeback.
There has always been a market segment that appreciates the inherent craftsmanship of traditional decor and also find it charming. Traditional—the obvious images of jharokhas, wood carved furniture and heavy decorative surfaces come to mind. But there are other ways to adapt that conventional touch in home decor.
Madhubani painting is one of the most illustrious folk art forms. This painting is also referred to as Mithila art. This art form is distinguished by line drawings filled in by vivid colour contrasts and patterns. Traditionally done on walls, it has taken a 360 degree turn to be in sync with contemporary home décor. A coffee table with madhubani artwork or even tea coasters with a motif will add that much needed traditional touch to your homes.
Warli is a folk art, traditionally created by the tribal women of Maharashtra. The most important aspect of the painting is that it does not depict mythical characters or deities, but depict social life. Pictures of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern. Adorn your home with warli inspired artefacts like terracotta vases, mirrors and other showcase pieces, for that ethnic touch.
Mughal paintings prospered during the reigns of Akbar, Jahangir and Shajahan. There is a fine blend of the Indian and Persian style in these paintings. Scenes from these paintings included portraits, events, wild life and instances of battles and life of courts. Such rich artwork would make great wall-hangings, cushions and throw pillows.
Zardozi embroidery has been in existence in India for a long time. Initially, the embroidery was done with pure silver wires and real gold leaves. However, today, craftsmen make use of a combination of copper wire, with a golden or silver polish, and a silk thread. Use zardosi work on accent cushions, table runner and mats for that royal edge
Parsi Gara embroidery is an insignia of style and elegance. The rich gara embroidery, originally considered a Parsi family’s heirloom, has become rare, collector’s items because of the intricate work and beauty. Use this elegant embroidery on table clothes, sofa covers and more.
India has been renowned for its block printed cloth. Centuries old, the creative process flourished as the fabric received royal patronage. Different styles of designs have evolved in different parts of the country and noted for its aesthetic motif and technique. The paisley and buttis are the most common motifs. The modern interpretation of these designs on fabric makes it effortless to use it for home decor.
This centuries old technique still flourishes in various parts of India. Its history can be traced back to Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Due to vast culture and ethnic diversity, a variety of motifs and techniques were derived from different parts of the land. Use elaborate wood work furniture like cozy armchairs, dining tables, dressing tables and other decorative items to add that conventional touch to your home.