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Furnishings from pages of history

FOLLOWING CLOSE on the heels of designer furniture stores in Bangalore are multiple lifestyle or home decor stores. While many of them have similar merchandise to offer, one store that clearly stands apart is Bandhini. Having been in Bangalore for almost four years now, Bandhini sure has what it takes to make it a popular choice for home furnishings and accessories.

Inspired by tie-and-dye and various other fabric styles of Rajasthan, the Bandhini chain of soft furnishing stores was started by Yuvraj and Sangeeta Narain in 1980, with the first store in Delhi. Today, the brand is also available in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Mumbai, and Chennai. Says Ms. Bahri, who handles the Bangalore unit: "Four years ago, Bangalore did not have a store that would provide you with finished goods, like we do. So it was a welcome change for Bangaloreans. In fact, Bandhini's products were so sought-after that the store had to be opened a day earlier than its planned launch. People had started walking in to buy wares the previous day itself."

Over the years, Bandhini has decorated many a home across the City with its popular bales, floor cushions, drapes, blinds, quilts, and bedspreads. There are also accessories such as terracotta lamps and cutlery. Being guided by years of experience, Ms. Bahri helps her customers decorate their homes tastefully, choosing carefully from the bevy of colours available in the various products. Adds Ms. Bahri: "Every time our customers come back, they see something different, in terms of weaves and colours."

The fabrics at Bandhini are woven in cotton, silk, and other natural fibre. One can pick up beautiful cushions in various sizes from 12 to 30 inches, priced between Rs. 400 and Rs. 1,600. The floor bales and ground seating cushions are an exclusive of Bandhini. The price of non-quilted bedcovers ranges from Rs. 3,000 for singles to Rs. 6,500 for doubles, while the quilted ones are priced at Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,500. But how does Ms. Bahri compete with the other large lifestyle stores that have more merchandise to offer? "We have no competition," she says. "Our styles are different. We may have cushions, but our projection is completely different."

Their designs are inspired by various Indian and Western themes. Interestingly called New York Apartment Theme, Fire & Flame Theme, Fine Paisley Theme, Versailles Theme, Tahiti Theme, Earthfiles Group, Egyptian Theme, and so on, Bandhini looks at milestones in history for its themes. Bandhini boasts of a clientele from various localities of the City. It also supplies its furnishings and upholstery to well-known furniture stores. Bandhini can be contacted on 5592449.

TINA GARG

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