Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Adorn your walls....

Paint them, peel them, stencil them, plaster them, madhubani them, block-print them, hand-paint them, wall-paper them....Hand-painted elephant in Tibrawala Haveli, Bissau, Rajasthan. (See how the trunk forms the handrail)

Yes, I am talking about 'Walls'.The terracotta and white decorative patterns are inspired by houses in Magh.
Gone are the days when walls were plain and their purpose was to house paintings, today they are the paintings.

Bring in some rustic charm... Traditional wall decorations painted by the caftsmen from the Wadha community, Hodka, Kutch.
Interesting flat, stylised & geometric designs with birds & camel motifs painted on the outer walls in the villages of Baramsar & Roopsi, Kutch.
Family photosgraphs & religious images are embedded in the while plaster walls in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
(What a fantastic idea!) Terracotta tiles frame a niche in a house in Baramsar, Kutch where the cassette player is the only western amenity.Inlay work with antique mirrors & stylised flowers in Samode Palace, Rajasthan.
Lovely painted patterns in a private chapel in Goa. The trellised roof forms interesting shadows on stencilled walls in one of the homes in Goa.
Colourful Buddhist motifs in the mountainous region of northern India.

Or go contemporary/fusion with these design ideas...Bold colourful geometric patterns in Krsna Mehta's home.
Goldpainted leaf motifs on blue background in Krsna Mehta's residence.
Free flowing hand-painted design in film-maker Ram Madhvani's home.Feature wall with self gold floral print wall paper at Cafe' Penne designed by Payal Chopra. A sinuous bronze pattern on terracotta in Ram Madhvani's home.Foliage patterns in black & white designed by Tania Singh Khosla for Zanav Home.
Floral stencilled patterns in Mallika's room:-)

So what are you waiting for go wild with your imagination, the wall is your canvas, paint away...:-)

(images from Indian Style, home review magazine-vol6. issue3, inside outside magazine- july 2006, dec 2006 & jan 2007 issues)

14 comments:

robyn said...

What a fabulous post, love all the different techniques.

Pacchai Milagai said...

what neat ideas... thanks for this post.

Bhavna said...

Oh..I remember seeing the beautiful wall stencil in Ram's home somewhere and loving it at first sight!
Wall art is almost a budding cottage industry in India..these indi artisans are the most resourcful design professionals you can come across...

Britt-Arnhild said...

So much charm!
I love the sparkling blue wall.

katiedid said...

So many diferent and wonderful ideas! Where to begin! Thank you for the fab post!

vineeta said...

oh god. What a fabulous luscious post! My favourite sofar. Im so glad to see the inside of Ram Madhvani's house- thanx :) For the people who are not in the know- Ram Madhvani is the person behind the phenomenal "HappyDent White Chewing Gum" ad. Also loved Krishna Mehta's walls nad the Zanav Home wall. Superb!

Smita said...

This is beautiful. Maybe you can also suggest how we can do few of them - as in where to buy the stuff - raw material? I want to do so much, Don't know how to start :(

Arch said...

robyn, pacchai- Thanks:-) Glad you liked it.

bhavna- Yes, I really liked the free-flowing design on Ram Madhvani's home.
You bet the artisans are the most skilled & resourceful;-)

britt-arnhild,katiedid- Thanks:-) Glad you liked it:-)

vineeta- Thanks:-)
Thanks for sharing the information abt Ram...I absolutely loved the Happydent Chewing gum ad:-)

smita- Thanks:-)
Most of them I have featured here can be easily done, except the glass inlay ;-)
If you need any clarification on certain style, feel free to email me:-)
Hey, don't loose heart..you can do loads with one's creativity:-)

designflute said...

Mallika's room reminded me of my school days(hah so long ago!).We students had painted flowers and shankh (conch-shell)on the walls of the room we celebrated 'Saraswati-puja'.

Mélanie said...

I love the wall decoration . They look gorgeous , abaove all around the wondow

Rochambeau said...

Wonderful and inspiring Arch. For a person like me who loves Indian patterns, this is really a show-stopping post! Wait until Blue sees it!

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Wow, amazing walls. I loved each and every one of these images. Now to look at my own walls,,,blah. Off to do something now. Thanks for the inspiration!
xo
Blue

LADY LUXIE said...

oh my! oh my! what a feast of colors!!..And I am sooo helping myself!

Chamiya said...

wow.. love your blog!!