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Blind to passion


WINDOW PASSIONS, which opened their first standalone showroom at New Delhi's Lado Sarai recently, has little exciting on the platter. Serving as yet another of those unrealistic offshoots from the school of interior designing, this showroom attempts to drape the `vacant window', with elaborate curtains, blinds and valences.

Taking into consideration, the general size of a regular Delhi home, the heavy silks, tussars and lame appear more likely to lend a claustrophobic than charismatic look. Unless of course, we are talking about the isolated cases of sprawling farmhouses in the Najafgarh and Chattarpur areas, the commonplace Delhi houses would end up looking stuffed, in these over-leaden window wares.


The collection this season features luxurious, plush designs bearing heavy embroidery and embellishments; gold making an overbearing statement, on the rich creams, maroons and indigoes. In addition, there is also an ivory range borrowed from the Pietre Dura of the Taj Mahal, the English Rose collection showcasing country classics and the Moghul paisleys presenting white sheers showcasing Kashmiri chain-stitch embroidery.

Designer Rajiv Kanwar justified, "There is so much of adornment performed about other aspects in a home that there was an prominent void about the windows." But taking into consideration the popular tendency towards appearing light and tastefully wispy, Windows Passions, with its heavy collection, fails to serve the purpose. Even Rajiv's solution of "a combination of light lace with the heavy drapes, for the Delhi homes," freezes miles away from the intended look.

Looks like the forever ignored DDA windows will simply have to stay content with the common hangings from Rajastan and the traditional stringed cockleshells.

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