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Decor that floors

Antique furniture and Kashmiri carpets add beauty to interiors. Check them out at IPCRA's exhibition


THE RICH tones of teak and rosewood expressed in Victorian-Edwardian furniture formats and magnificent hand-knotted Kashmiri carpets carrying the imprint of Qum and Kashan, Nain, Tabriz and Artebil create an ambience of splendour at the on-going exhibition-cum-sale of carpets and furniture at the Indo Persian Carpets, Rugs and Arts (IPCRA) newly opened premises at New no. 27, Chamiers Road.

While many of the items on display are genuine antiques, most are flawless reproductions, whether it is an Artebil strewn with orange blossoms against a black background (the original can be seen at V&A London), an Afghan prayer rug or a stunning Edwardian chest in Burma teak.

For those interested in the process of hand-knotted carpet making, an artisan from the Valley demonstrates how each woollen and silk carpet is skilfully made.


The IPCRA's carpet repertoire includes vegetable dyed `Jamanshah' carpets, JK Durbdar silk and woollen carpets which celebrate trees, flowers and amris in tiny squares, stunning Bokharas in black, beige and red, Turkish carpets, prayer rugs and corridor carpets.

The teak tallboys, dressers and tables delight with their excellent workmanship. Particularly eye-catching is an antique inlay work chest with beautifully crafted wooden cabinets.

Also available is walnut wood furniture from Kashmir such as carved beds, sofa sets, centre tables and so on.

Well-executed glass paintings are also on display along with lovely Pashmina shawls and marble inlay work artefacts.

The exhibition, which begins today, is on for a week.

PUSHPA CHARI

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