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Walk over these designs

The age-old art of weaving carpets has been relegated to the usual designs and colours that make for a mundane rugs and bedside runners in the house. Adding life to the artistic form and blending contemporary designs as well as forms to the ancient art is carpet designer Rashi Bajaj.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2010 01:25 IST
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The age-old art of weaving carpets has been relegated to the usual designs and colours that make for a mundane rugs and bedside runners in the house. Adding life to the artistic form and blending contemporary designs as well as forms to the ancient art is carpet designer Rashi Bajaj.

Exclusivity at hand
As there was a dearth of designer rugs in the market, Rashi opened a carpet store called ‘Carpet Couture’ with the intention of bringing in high level of exclusivity. “I never encourage buyers to purchase designs that are available in my store,” says Bajaj. She visits the residence, understands the colour scheme of the walls, furniture, surroundings et al to produce a design which melts with the ambience yet adds character and style.

“Buyers sometimes have very specific designs in mind and there is nothing that cannot be replicated. We have done intricate god and goddess carpets, cars and cartoon shaped carpets special wall-to-wall carpets, replicas of footprints or even a memorabilia that can be reproduced on the carpet.

Chic and trendy
“There has been a major shift from the traditional Kashmiri designs. Now people look for contemporary carpets that compliment the interiors,” adds the designer.

She blends fibres like kela silk, raw silk, malai dori, zardosi and various other kinds of threads with swarovski crystals, polyester and even genuine leather.

Experimentation doesn’t compromise with the durability. “Taking a little care guarantees a long and easy maintenance life of a carpet.”

The carpets are priced from Rs 300 per square feet to Rs 1,000 per square feet.