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Throw a rug, spread out a carpet - get colour and warmth indoors
Manasi Kumar from Civil Lines, Delhi, believes that the right carpet or rug can transform a room. “Every winter, I bring out my old rugs and carpets, give them a good shake and place them all over the house to create some winter-warm corners. In the summer, I place cotton dhurries, killims and small rugs in different corners of the house. For a good buy I scout old-time favourite markets like Connaught Place and Lajpat Nagar. Recently, Iv entured into Home Town Noida and was happy to see their collection of soft rugs and warm cozy blankets. I also check in at Shyam Ahuja’s store near Saket for exquisite floor coverings and sometimes visit Central Cottage Industries Store at Janpath to source authentic Kashmiri carpets and rugs. Pujika Kapoor from Ramprastha Greens, Vaishali, likes to add an ethnic touch to her home. “Though a lot of branded rugs float in the market today, my personal favourite sare the dhurries and rugs from FabIndia. These are not only affordable but infuse warmth and a certain earthiness in the house,” she says.
Praveena Saksena who flies down from the US after every two years to meet her father in south Delhi’s, Gulmohar Enclave, says “Having grown up here, I am not new to Delhi markets. I am always amazed by the enthusiasm with which people shop and celebrate seasons here. Though the country enjoys a short spell of winter the markets are flooded with quilts, blankets, throws and rugs in rich designs and warm colours. I usually carry quite a few vintage items from FabIndia and Hauz Khas village to New Jersey. For a furniture buy I opt for a door-to-door service to the US. My favourites are the shops in Janpath with hundreds of colourful items and good bargain deals. Shops in Sadar Bazaar also have floor coverings in every conceiveable tprice range. Other places I frequent are Select Citywalk and shops in Shahpur Jat for some eye-catching items.”
NK Choudhary, CMD, Jaipur Rugs, talks about what the consumers look for while choosing a rug for their home, “Indian consumers are very different from those across the globe. They look for vibrancy in their rugs and for colours that match with the existing furnishings in the room. Most of them prefer more traditional designs. Usually purchases are not driven by seasons in India but more by what goes well with the house décor. Through our customer education initiatives, we strongly communicate that rugs are not just a commodity, they are the happy spot of any room. They can infuse positivity and energy in any space.”
People’s tastes differ when it comes to choosing a carpet as it an “extension of the arts,” says Dhruv Chandra of The Carpet Cellar at Anand Lok and also at Sultanpur, MG Road.
“Carpets are like art pieces and our eyes have been enriched by Persian, Turkish and Moghul influences from the past. Choosing a perfect piece for your décor is not easy but there are a lot of options to choose from. Nowadays, there is a growing trend among people to pick up traditional Persian and Oriental carpets, tribal rugs and dhurries with modern geometrical prints, abstract art, patchwork carpets, and overdyed carpets with contemporary designs. Customers are also asking for Scandinavian designs, Moroccan and Persian killims, which are flatwoven pieces made in Persia, Afghanistan Turkey, Kurdistan, and neighbouring areas. The Modern contemporary rugs are fads and phase out every two to three years ,” he says.