Indian home decor inspired by Rajasthan doesn’t have to look like you threw together a bunch of mementos from your Mom’s trip to India. When you include a few subtle Rajasthan-inspired accessories and furniture in your home decor, you’ll end up with a well travelled, regal look without looking like you stepped into a tourist trap.
Jaipur is known as the Pink City. Awash in a myriad of shades of pink, Jaipur is the land of dreams for anyone obsessed with this hue. But instead of looking like a little girl’s bedroom, the pinks in Jaipur appear to always bathe in a sophisticated sunset-style glow. Hawa Mahal, built in 1799 is a glorious pink sandstone. At one time, the women of the royal family watched the processions on the street below from one of the 900 honeycomb-shaped windows.
The artistry in Rajasthan is astounding. Our eyes were filled with the sight of colours and patterns. A woman walks past in a saree dotted with the design of tiny fruits-the entire outfit reminding me of the deepest Mediterranean blood oranges. The shopkeeper entices me to buy a exquisite painting of a rani. Her delicate features, the kajal on her almond shaped eyes, the resplendent pearl and rubies adorning her neck and slender arms and the tiny decorative dots on her ghagra choli-all painted with the utmost detail. I’m sold. The painting hangs in my gallery wall reminding me always of my magical time in Rajasthan.
While in Rajasthan, it’s easy not to look down since there’s just so much to see. But the flooring below your feet is just as spellbinding. Add one of these Indian home decor rugs to your space.
When you see the white palace seemingly floating on the glassy surface of Lake Pichola, you may think you’re seeing a mirage. Rajasthan is very hot and very dry. But when your feet touch the cool marble dock, you’re greeted with a shower of marigold petals and a refreshing glass of juice. The Taj Lake Palace is a once-in-a-lifestime experience not to be missed on a trip to Rajasthan. And in Jaipur, the Amber Fort sits valiantly at the top of a mightly hill, a manicured, perfectly geometric masterpiece of a bagh down below. Close your eyes for a moment, imagining the princesses of long ago twirling, singing and dancing under its shady trees. Inside, the majestic fort, Sheesh Mahal’s mosaic walls arranged with tiny pieces of glass arranged in floral, twirling shapes, sparkle in the Indian sun.
Bone inlay furniture serve many purposes from television console to some place to stash away your sarees.
Whispers of love, a bubbling fountain and the gentle song of garden birds. When you dream of ancient India, picture a scene straight from Jodhaa Akbar. Recreate your own lover’s hideaway with these floral touches.
Even Rajasthan’s luxury properties abound with pattern play. We stayed at Jaipur’s Samode Haveli. After a long day exploring Jaipur’s wonders, we dined on fresh aloo gobi and naan. Glass chandliers hovered above casting a twinkling light on the opulent robin’s egg blue walls. The celestial sound of the adhan from the nearby masjid filled the moonlit night. We retreated to our rooms, dreaming in carved wood beds. No wonder Rajasthan is a princely state.