India was enchanting. This was my first visit to the subcontinent; I went with hope and a loose plan of finding the textiles I've loved for years.
I wasn't disappointed. The people were the most exceptional part of this journey, but the way they dress! I could not take my eyes off of the colorful clothing worn by the women. This photo was taken on the road to Jodhpur. It was festival season and there were small villages along our route with people heading to temple to give blessings and prayers. We pulled over just long enough to catch their smiles.
Here was a stop along the way. These wonderful kilims are woven by a family.
Beautiful natural dyes and patterns and...they took credit cards!
Just one logical idea for all that colorful hand sewn fabric. I never get tired of this look!
Aren't these umbrellas fantastic? These would really spice up a deck or poolside lounge.
I saw the color saffron everywhere. This color comes from the crocus plant.
In Hindi (the language) the color is associated with sacrifice and religious abstinence.
My toes are peeking out of my nightgown! This was a Kilim at the Mihir Garh in Rajasthan that we stayed in.
Mauve and rose color was another theme I saw repeated throughout my trip.
Antique Ikat material for using as an idea base for recycled sari rug patterns. More on this later!
How simply these creative people live and work. Such beauty made with basic tools.
This is a street scene in Udaipur. The fabrics and bags hanging out on display make a colorful backdrop.
Look at this adventureous combination! I loved this.
Here was a wonderful reception area in the desert hotel, Mihir Garh in Rajasthan. The lodge is made of mud
bricks and they fill windows with fretwork. All the furniture and textiles are local, handmade and discovered by
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Women on their way to work in the fields. Daily wear. What an inspiration!
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I brought back many beautiful fabrics that can liven up a sofa or enhance a bedroom.
While in India we walked miles through forts, palaces and temples. It was at the Fort in Jaipur that I really was taken by the beauty of the aging walls.
What stories did they tell of heroic battles and the lives of the people who walked through these narrow corridors?
I took this photo with Pete's graffiti because it happens to be on my birthday!
I could spend hours looking into these patinas. Cracks, scraps and textures showing the wear of a thousand years!
Colors of deep mauve and red browns caught my eye. This color is showing up on my design boards recently.
Pinks and browns...and the hints of lichen growing up the walls.
Communication - lines, scratches, and etching into the surfaces over time.
Could be the map of another World.
Here you can really see how worn and layered this plaster surface has become over time.
I love the transom windows following along the narrow corridor. These could look good as prints.
What do you think? Could you see some plaster walls around your new fireplace?
I'm Feeling inspired by the BLACK AND WHITE stone designs I viewed in India on my recent trip to Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Udaipur in Rajasthan. Although India speaks to me on so many levels I am drawn to the designs that are from Arab influences. I was in awe with the patterns carved on every surface; the walls, floors, and ceilings. These stunning patterns still have a strong influence on today's textiles. One of the design elements I was drawn to on my recent trip to India was the use of dark and light marble fashioned into floor patterns in palaces, hotels, and public buildings. These especially showed up in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Here is a photo I took of ancient and beautiful black and white striped floors in a blue room. The robin's egg blue against the black and white inlayed marble is breathtaking. I love the way the white detailing accentuates the molding along the walls and the shape of the doorways. I was inspired by the tile in the shape of a cross made from brightly fired glazes of red-oranges and greens.
City Palace, Udaipur
While in Udaipur I had the luxury of staying in one of the finest hotels in the World, The Udaivilas.
They built a stunning resort by redefining the City Palace architecture. I was impressed with the way
they incorporated the black and white stone patterns into the hotel design. Here is the assembly foyer
leading off into the different hotel sections. At night this room is all lit up with candlelight.
They carried the theme into the garden, with a beautiful black and white pattern under this very sculpted tree...
Here they continued the dark and light marble along the stairway. I can't wait to use this idea in a project.
And again, the theme makes it to the swimming pool.
And finally, there were these gorgeous table tops all inlayed in an intricate star pattern.
One of the advantages to travel is it really starts the creative juices flowing. I found this wonderful striped bedcover
in Jodphur. After shopping for old textiles throughout my trip I came home and started applying them to the
concept from the City Palace. Here is my work table in my barn at Knowlton Farms...
And here is one possibility...
Do you have questions, ideas, or comments on how to incorporate your travels into your home?