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A touch of silk



Silk makes for elegant upholstery.

IT WAS something long overdue in the City of Silks: a store dedicated to pure silk home-dιcor. Silk Interiors offers a wide range of products in elegant designs and tastefully coordinated colours for every part of the house. And your office space (desktop) too, besides personal accessories.

The relatively small space of the store is neatly divided into four sections. Bed and Beyond which offers quilts, comforters, duvets, and so on, all priced between Rs. 1,250 and 7,750.

In Fine Dining, you find — predictably — table runners, tablemats, napkins, tissue box covers and the like, whose prices begin at Rs. 150 and go up to Rs. 3,000 a set.

For cushion covers in all styles and shapes, check out the Living in Style section where the products begin from a surprisingly affordable Rs. 55 and go up to Rs. 650 each. The accessories section with its gift items, called Silk and Things, has desktop accessories such as pen stands, notepads, dairies, mobile covers, spectacle pouches, and handbags too for women. They are priced between Rs. 40 and Rs. 650.

What is surprising is that such an idea took so long in coming to a region and city famed for silk. In agreement, Ramesh Sadhwani, partner, Silk Interiors, adds not very modestly: "Well, I was always a pioneer, having set up the first pub in Bangalore."

Mr. Sadhwani takes pride in the fact that the group has been in the silk business for nearly 50 years now. "Indian silk products are quite the rage abroad and we thought it was time we offered our own people too a chance to pick up the same stuff at home."

Suprisingly, Silk Interiors doesn't use any big designer names for its products: "We design everything ourselves, every member of the staff here contributes ideas," he explains. Premium yarn is sourced from China and the entire process of production that follows takes place right here.

Bases on this concept, the Sadhwanis hope to set up a chain across Bangalore and later set up shop in other major metros. Going by the response, that day doesn't seem far off.

Check out Silk Interiors, 66, Bella Vista, Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560 001, Ph: 2221 9851 and 22276490.

ARUNA CHANDARAJU

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