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From floor to walls

india Updated: Apr 10, 2010 01:37 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times
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In the third and second century BC, tapestries (also known as wall rugs) were a popular wall hanging that eventually went out of fashion. They have now re-emerged but in a contemporary format.

Work of art
Tapestries are considered as a piece of art that leaves a striking impression. “Other than the fact that rugs on the floor and those put up on the wall are weaved in the exactly same way, tapestries are completely different,” says Suresh Rateria, designer of Rugs and Riches. They are largely contemporary designs that are created for corporates buildings and big homes but Rashi Bajaj of Carpet Couture recreates paintings of deities on rugs to be put on walls. She says, “In the prayer room people have a limited option of putting up paintings, so hanging just a wall carpet brings newness.” She also experiments using swarovski crystals on these rugs.

Surrounding décor
The demand for tapestries is growing consistently. “They are becoming popular but they still have a niche clientele. In the contemporary look we use contrasting materials like place a mirror in the centre of the soft wool carpet texture, which is best placed in the lobby wall,” says Rateria. Paintings of artists can also be be translated on carpets.

“The décor looks best if the wall on which the tapestry is hung is light in colour and devoid of much clutter. But the rest of the room does not need to be colour coordinated with it,” says Bajaj. A tapestry costs Rs 4,500 (2.5 x 4 feet) and above.