The interiors in India are as exotic and fascinating as the land itself. The geographical diversity of the sub-continent eventually translates into the multiplicity of interiors. Similarity, various degrees of affluence get reflected in the surroundings and in the manner these are built and decorated. The historical evidence of Indian interiors starts within the narratives of the Hindu epics. In physical form, cave dwellings are the earliest example, but the interior space that one can relate to starts appearing from 2nd century B.C. in the form of rock cut cave temples. The great examples of these are Ajanta and Ellora cave temples. Later, the numerous dynasties that ruled India, left their enduring mark by constructing forts for defence and palaces for luxurious living. Towards the end of the colonial rule, a number of ostentatious palaces were added to the Indian landscape, many of them were inspired by European palaces. Today, a number of these palaces have been converted into magnificent hotels.Some forty-five years after independence, the new market based economic reforms woke up Indian economy that was in a state of slumber. The new businesses came, so did the upward mobility of the Indian middle class. The homes were not merely places to seek shelter but started being made over. Being house-proud became the new mantra.This book is a kaleidoscopic journey into the exotic interiors of India reflecting the trends from the grandeur of the Maharajas and interiors of rural India, to the chic contemporary styles influenced from around the world.
|Title:||Exotic Indian Interiors|
|Place of Publication:||India|
|Release date:||1 January 2006|