"CAR­PETS HAVE AN AP­PEAL OF LUX­URY"

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In an at­tempt to take In­dia to the world, be­spoke car­pet com­pany, Obee­tee has tied up with fash­ion de­sign­ers Tarun Tahil­iani, Raghaven­dra Rathore and Abra­ham & Thakore. The first, 'Proud to be In­dian' col­lec­tion is by Tahil­iani. We caught up with the de­signer for a tête-à-tête.

WHY DE­SIGN CAR­PETS?

Tra­di­tional rugs look beau­ti­ful; they have the patina of age. I al­ways end up pick­ing old car­pets that have aged over time. Even their re­verse side with duller colours is some­thing I have al­ways been drawn to. I dis­like this fast food gen­er­a­tion, where ev­ery­thing has to be rushed and qual­ity gets com­pro­mised. Car­pets bring with them a cer­tain feel and ap­peal of lux­ury that can­not be hur­ried.

ON COL­LAB­O­RAT­ING WITH OBEE­TEE...

Obee­tee is the best and the old­est car­pet com­pany that is high on cre­at­ing and work­ing in a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment. The fact ABC Car­pets in New York is show­cas­ing these car­pets (made by Tahil­iani), says a lot about the com­pany and the qual­ity it is known to of­fer. I started work­ing on the col­lec­tion in 2013; the brand was very pa­tient with me and the collaborative re­sults have been fan­tas­tic. (Fea­tured here is one ti­tled Bro­cade Gar­den)

IN­SPI­RA­TION BE­HIND THE DE­SIGNS

There were three in­spi­ra­tions, at that time. I love us­ing chikankari tech­niques in my cou­ture line and that also be­came the ba­sis/in­spi­ra­tion for the car­pet de­signs. The sec­ond in­spi­ra­tion came out of bor­ders of minia­ture paint­ings; I cut and chopped them and took mo­tifs from there to cre­ate a line of clas­si­cal car­pets. The third in­spi­ra­tion was born out of my paint­ings. The tech­nique I use lets colour drip over the canvas and I paint over it. This re­sulted in ‘In­dia Mod­ern’ pieces, where there is lay­er­ing, ab­stract forms and flow­ers.

THE USP

Each piece is hand fin­ished and a lim­ited edi­tion. We have used In­dian metal­lic red, kasab, a bit of Swarovski, silk and wool. In fact, when we acid washed them, the wool got eaten away giv­ing a beau­ti­ful aged patina and stun­ning

WHAT’S NEXT?

De­pend­ing on the re­sponse I would love to do a chikankari car­pet in black. I al­ready have so many colour waves mapped out in my mind, that I would like to in­tro­duce in the next round. PRICE `6,25,000 (Bro­cade Gar­den, 9x6 rug) AT Taj Khaz­ana, The Taj Ma­hal Ho­tel, 1 Man Singh Road, New Delhi

colours. The car­pets are unique, they strad­dle the new with the old; and are meant to be passed on from gen­er­a­tion to the next gen­er­a­tion.

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