4 Bangalore homes that are modern works of art

4 Bangalore homes that are modern works of art

4 Bangalore homes that are modern works of art

Residences by TaP Design Inc., Treelight Design, FADD Studio, and Shernavaz Interiors that creatively use art, patterns and textures to craft stylish urban pads

A Bangalore Home With Earthy Textures and Jewel Tones

A globetrotting couple wanted a home with a calm, minimalist vibe, with plenty of comforts—an ideal place to retire to at the end of the day. To design their Bangalore home, they approached TaP Design Inc. co-founders Iesha Parekh Shellugar and Sneha Talati, and the two with their creative cartridge loaded filled the home with earthy textures, Botticino and grey tundra marble, patterned tiles, and pinewood and cement finishes. “The home has a perfectly glocalised design ethos,” says Talati.

The living room sports elegant materials, with wood, cane, marble, metal, leather and soft fabrics. Dove grey wall panels serve as a backdrop to the seating layout, which is zoned by a tufted, bottle green sofa from Simply Sofas. “Customised tables and accents from Magari enrich the recesses, while a mammoth handmade rug from Carpet Kingdom provides a tactile underpinning layer,” shares Parekh Shellugar.

Silvery mirrors and hushed grey panels cocoon the dining room like a smoky, shimmery veil. From the heart of the room, rises a dining table, “painstakingly curated for the dining space, with assistance from Simply Sofas,” says Talati. The straight lines and angular base of the table are fittingly tamed by custom-designed upholstered chairs from Magari. The wallpaper and sleek mirror panels breathe quiet sophistication.

A Monochrome Penthouse That Turns Art into Functional Decor

Perched on the 17th floor of a high rise, this 4,000-square-feet penthouse is home to a young couple. The idea behind the design was to create a space that evokes the senses. “We wanted to design a home with art pieces that draw the eye to a monochromatic yet rich, textural base with each room glorifying a different 19th to 20th century artist, be it painters or sculptors,” says the principal architect, Amitha Madan of Treelight Design. And so, Helen Frankenthaler’s rich colours, Franz Kline’s textural lines, Piet Mondrian’s geometry, Jackson Pollock’s coloured strokes were some of the reference points that were translated into different elements throughout the home.

The focal point in the living room is the sofa that Madan describes as “edible.” The sculptural piece inspired by Bellini’s iconic Camaleonda is by Magari Furniture, Bangalore and is set against an exposed concrete staircase. The upper floor houses a cosy lounge area. The space features comfortable, low seating and a hand-painted ceiling inspired by Jackson Pollock. There’s also a wooden coffee table that is embellished with black metallic studs which add texture and an edge to the piece. The master bedroom has large floor-to-ceiling windows that are balanced with a Mondrianesque pattern using different fabrics.

A Contemporary Home That’s a Playground for Patterns and Textures

Farah Ahmed and Dhaval Shellugar of FADD Studio gave this 7,500-square-feet residence in Yemlur, Bangalore, a crisp new identity, the interiors reflecting contemporary aesthetics peppered with classical highlights. Soft curving forms counterbalance stark, straight lines, soft furnishings are rendered in subtle, complementing shades and surfaces are enriched with intricate patterns and textures.

Marble lines of the flooring and the deep, linear projections from the ceiling act as a visual cue, guiding one from the foyer towards the lobby. These marble lines go on to form an arresting pattern inspired by a vintage rug photograph from the Claridge’s Hotel in London. The linear projections above curve effortlessly into a graceful form that loosely mimic the patterns below but are kept devoid of intricacies, the articulation of both creating a dramatic gesture.

Natural light streaming in through large windows and a pristine white backdrop further augment the sense of spaciousness in the open living room. The seating arrangement is conceived around a centre table by DeMuro Das while a hanging light from Arjun Rathi graces the corner. A print by Shahid Datawala framed on the wall injects a hint of quirkiness within the space.

A Parisian-Style Nest Abode a Family Bungalow

This phenomenon of transforming light served as the cue for Shernavaz Bharucha when it came to designing a couple’s two-bedroom nest in the Garden City. Perhaps it’s the piano-key marble tiles that inspire harmony across the foyer, or the classic mouldings punctuated with large mirrors, but there’s something about the foyer that reminisces, ever so slightly, a black-and-white, silent-movie-era Paris of decades past. An artwork lends a pop of colour to the muted monochrome, while a sculptural chandelier by Aura blossoms from the ceiling.

In the formal living room, indigo and white cut a stoic, yet sophisticated presence, leaving no room for pomp or whimsy. Sofas by Goodlines anchor the seating area, while an elevator void masquerades fittingly as a spectacular art exhibit. “Smack dab in the middle of the room, the void was dull and ugly. We decided to take advantage of its location and turn it into a focal point with wall panelling and a special objet d’art. It now hosts a mosaic mirror sculpture by Yehil Cherain, a noted Parisian artist,” says Bharucha.

The king of carpets

The king of carpets

The king of carpets 

Bengaluru-based Carpet Kingdom is the oldest manufacturer of carpets in South India with a legacy going back 125 years

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Despite being the most unobtrusive of home furnishings, carpets are an important part of every space. Modern industry practices use carpets for lining walls of elevators, creating bespoke mouse pads, as upholstery for chairs, and even as the textile of choice for shoes and handbags. Carpet Kingdom, the oldest carpet manufacturer from South India, going back 125 years, is one of few brands at the forefront of this change.

The brand’s journey began on the streets of Amritsar, and then moved to Bengaluru, to service the large British cantonment there. English patrons loved the thick hand-woven Kashmiri carpets, and by 1950, they had opened their first store in Commercial Street.

Ali Akmal Jan, Founding Partner of Carpet Kingdom, says, “Most of our designs are exclusive and conceptualised in-house. Having been in the business for over a century, we bring an expertise that has been handed down through generations and allows us to stand apart from the competition. We believe that our quality, after sales service and the level of customisation we offer to clients, are unparalleled.”

Claiming that their modern and transitional designs are increasingly more popular than traditional classics, he adds, “We have used carpets in all kinds of places, including on walls as a design feature and for acoustic value.”

Additionally, to meet the demands of younger and more discerning customers, Carpet Kingdom offers a range of carpets made of eco-friendly materials such as PET yarn, sisal, natural fibres and even upcycled silk sarees. These are based on the ideation of their R&D team that frequently discusses use of colours, designs and techniques, while attempting to stay eco-conscious.

When asked what’s next on the cards, Jan emphatically says, “Going green by adopting various eco-friendly practices and introducing more eco-friendly products.” His team also hopes to expand their presence to other parts of India.

Carpet Kingdom primarily retails through their Indiranagar store in Bengaluru, believing that carpets require touch, feel and experience, before being bought. However, they offer a select range on third party online sites, and also ship internationally.

Do Up Your Home With Magical (Looking) Carpets And Rugs From The 125-Year-Old Carpet Kingdom!

Do Up Your Home With Magical (Looking) Carpets And Rugs From The 125-Year-Old Carpet Kingdom!

To the point: Over 100 years old, Carpet Kingdom, helmed by the fifth generation of the founding family, has everything from rich Persian rugs and modern rugs to jute carpets and custom-made ones. Perfect to take your home décor game up a notch!

When Ali Mohammed migrated from Kashmir, tried his luck in Amritsar and finally ventured into Bangalore to sell hand-woven Kashmiri carpets, little did he know that he was setting the foundation for a business that would go on for a whopping 125 years! Initially known as Kashmir Ware House and later Bangalore Carpet Palace, the establishment was handed over to his succeeding generations. Now known as Carpet Kingdom, the century-old place sells carpets and rugs of all kinds. 

Want to give your home a classy look? Or perhaps you want to bring in a magical touch with a Persian rug (we’re imagining Aladdin’s carpet obviously)? Whatever may be on your mind, Carpet Kingdom’s sure to have it. Throw rugs, knotted ones, intricately woven ones, machine-made carpets…their collection has us tempted to get them all. Their traditional Persian carpets are among our favourite, perfect to totally transform the look of a room or even just a drab corner. Afghani kilims, flat-weave dhurries and shaggy rugs are also part of their options.

We love that they have managed to keep their collection varied with newer options to suit changing trends. Featuring fun textures and prints, their range of modern rugs are great if you want to stick to a contemporary style. Want something eco-friendly? They have a selection of carpets made with discarded silk, jute, sisal and bamboo to match your sustainable lifestyle and décor. Adapting to the needs of their customers, the folks at Carpet Kingdom have also come up with different ways to incorporate their product into daily life. So, you’ll find the soft material making its way onto chairs, shoes and handbags. Plus, they’ve got custom-made carpets and rugs. Magical or not, we’re already a fan of their stuff!

Where: Carpet Kingdom, 3540/1, 2nd Cross, 13th H Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar
When: 9 am to 8 pm
Contact: 7406016452

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How this carpet manufacturer adapted to the new normal to provide showroom-like experience to customers

How this carpet manufacturer adapted to the new normal to provide showroom-like experience to customers

The story of Bengaluru-based Carpet Kingdom, which manufactures and sells carpets in India and abroad, dates back to the pre-partition era. SMBStory spoke to the fifth-generation entrepreneur, Ali Akmal Jan, about how the company shed its offline-only model and adapted to the new normal.

The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdowns have had major ramifications, leading to the economic growth slowing down and bringing India’s financial health to its knees. The Indian retail industry, in particular, took a big hit.

While on one hand, iconic retail companies like J.Crew, Neiman Marcus, etc began declaring bankruptcy, others found solutions and changed their business model to adapt to the new normal.

Bengaluru-based Carpet Kingdom, which manufactures and sells carpets across India as well as abroad, was one of them.

Ali Akmal Jan, Partner at the company, spoke to SMBStory about how the company — which operates largely through the offline model — changed its course during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve customers better.

Adapting to the new normal

“We shifted online completely. We taught them (workers) how to share their screens, guided them on designing, etc,” he shares.

Another very important aspect of buying carpets is consumers touching the carpets before buying to ascertain their quality. Since there was a complete lockdown, the team leant on video calls to interact with customers and came up with innovative ways to bring the offline experience online.

The team started doing video calls every day with their customers and took pictures of carpets from different angles to ensure that the customers have a good idea about the product before they continue with the purchase. Ali says, “I told my team that customers want personalisation. No one will buy from a catalogue that contains 1,200 pictures.”

The customers would reach out to the company through its website, after which they would get slots for video calls. Post the calls with customers, he would send the front and rear pictures of carpets in different lights, such as natural sunlight or in the dim lights.

These calls were conducted with customers who were outside Bengaluru or India, or even with the ones in the city but were unsure about visiting the stores. “During the pandemic, everyone wanted to focus on their health and well-being and wanted to avoid stepping out. Hence, serving them online helped us big time,” Ali adds.

The company was able to sell carpets priced between Rs 5,000 and Rs 8 lakh. Carpet Kingdom closed FY21 at Rs 8.2 crore turnover as compared to Rs 10 crore in FY20.

Innovating to adapt to the new normal

Adapting to the new normal helped the company even during the second wave. “The lockdown was expected but we were better prepared this time,” he says.

Ali maintains that going forward, they will continue to serve customers through the online model instead of getting themselves listed on ecommerce websites.

“We are working on a platform that will provide the experience of a store as closely as possible.” He says that the company is coming up with a specific range of carpets that will be exclusively sold online. Other products such as clothes and furniture made of carpets will also be a part of this range.

When the restrictions ease, the company wants to establish stores in Chennai, Hyderabad, Canada, and the US.

Tracing the roots

The story of how the company came into existence dates back to the British era, particularly, the 1900s.

Ali Akmal Jan’s great-great-grandfather, Ali Mohammed, used to visit Bengaluru from Kashmir two to three times a year to meet a few relatives. That is when he realised that there was a demand for Kashmiri products, especially carpets, in the city.

Ali says that Muhammad would initially buy carpets from Kashmir and sell them in Bengaluru to the British whenever he visited the city. Eventually, he shifted his base to the city to make a permanent living.

Ali’s great-grandfather, Mohammed Jan further took the business ahead by setting up a shop selling carpets. Over generations, the unorganised business eventually branched out. He bought the business from his elder brother in 1950 and started running it with his son and Ali’s grandfather, Aslam Jan. Aslam opened a store in 1959, followed by another in 1973.

“In 1987, my father registered our current parent company under the name of ‘Malsa Global,’ and in 1998, decided to set up an exclusive rugs store in Bangalore under the brand name — ‘Carpet Kingdom,’” Ali narrates.

Today, the company’s manufacturing units are located in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan. 

Ali says that most of the hand-tufted and hand-woven carpets are made on handlooms. The machine-made carpets are imported from countries such as Turkey and Belgium. 

The export-import debate

India houses numerous well-known carpet manufacturers such as Saif Carpets, YAK Carpets, and Obeetee Rugs. In fact, Indian carpet craftsmanship is popular throughout the world. Still, there is a gap that needs to be addressed.

According to a report by Mordor Intelligence, almost 90 percent of the carpets made in India are exported. The exports stood at over Rs 64,000 crore ($916.15 million) between April and November 2019.

Carpet Kingdom or Masla Global exports to about five countries, including the US, Canada, and some parts of Europe.

More than 20 percent of the sales come from the international market, says Ali, adding that “international consumption is huge as compared to the domestic market” but the scenario is now changing.

“India exporting 90 percent of carpets abroad might have been true 10 years ago, but not anymore,” Ali says.

Over the years, the company has also incorporated sustainability into its manufacturing processes. Ali shares that Carpet Kingdom makes carpets out of PET bottles, discarded jeans, pants, and even silk sarees.

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