Living in Delhi has huge benefits, being close to Rajasthan is one of them. A long weekend off is all you need to drive off to Jaipur (one of my favourite places), Ajmer or Pushkar and other nearby places to experience the place, marvel at the architecture, savour the food and bring back an idea or two for refreshing some Rajasthan energy in my home styling. Every time I get back from Jaipur, my heart stays there for a bit longer; I continue to live amongst the splashes of colour that are found just about everywhere in Rajasthan, all with amazing uplifting energy.
Many of us get souvenirs as a way to treasure a memory or carry a ‘piece of the place’ for our homes. When it comes to my picks from the colourful state, the list is endless. Rajasthan has always been associated with mirrors – carved or inlayed, jharokhas, puppets, bandhani, block printing, applique work, folk paintings like Phad, Miniature and Pichwai…and there is even so much more. If you have been to Rajasthan, fallen in love (like I did) and wanted to style the rich culture, and grandeur in your home without overwhelming it or yourself – here are some of my favourite home styling ideas for adding the Rajasthani razzmatazz to your home decor. So, here we go:
Mirrors – they add grandeur in any form or shape – be it large carved mirrors or inlayed mirrors that are a signature style of Rajasthan
Jharokhas – Beautifully carved jharokhas with mirrors, paintings or standalone
Puppets or ‘kathputlis’ – colourful puppets made of wood or ‘kath’, dressed in vibrant colours and clothes were used for the purpose of story-telling as the tribesman travelled from one destination to another. Each has a story to tell – from being a soldier to a dancing woman or a snake charmer. Here is how you can add them as part of your home:
Paintings – Pichwai, Phad, Rajasthani miniature – “Sometimes some things or images say something to you, and that is the one you should buy. Don’t select a painting based on the colour scheme in your home. ” That was the ‘golden rule‘ a curator of art once shared with me, and that is what I use till date.
Block prints, tie-dye, applique and mirror work – cushions, throws or even wall papers and wall art – simple ways to get the rajasthani vibe:
In addition to all this, the basic rule is to add splashes of colour – how much, depends on your personal choice. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to decor; more of something or less of it, depends entirely on your mood and style! I found the collection at Home of Shekhavati, Indian Furniture Outlet, Shiva Creations and Socktail very interesting. Do check them out for authentic Rajasthani furniture.
So, go ahead, add the colours and the sparkle of mirrors to surround yourself with the vibrant energy that defines Rajasthan. It’s your home, do it your way, with the Rajasthani razzmatazz!