Get floored by these floor cov­er­ings

Throw a rug, spread out a car­pet - get colour and warmth in­doors

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Estates - - ESTATES - Ritu Ghai ht­es­tates@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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