From Tibetan-style knots to the more intense double knots, there is a rug for every budget and taste at Arastan Studio. The handmade rugs, in brilliant transitional and contemporary styles from Jaipur Rugs Company, offers hand knotted carpets, dhurries and hand-tufted rugs designed by their in-house design team in partnership with renowned designers like Jenny Jones, Chayse Dacoda and Raymond Waites. Nisha Misra, owner and curator of Arastan, will be happy to help you pick out the ideal style for your living room or even bedroom.
The rugs are made from high quality New Zealand wool, silk, art silk, cotton, jute and hemp, and showcase the design and skills of the weaver. “I love their experimental designs, good quality and reasonable prices,” she tells us indicating her favourite is a Tibetan-style knot with a slight Oriental design. They also have the typical Jaipuri ikkat, geometric designs and abstract art in muted beige and copper to vibrant pumpkin orange and sea blue.
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We particularly loved the contemporary weaves that experiment with fabric and texture. Some at varying heights in a mixture of material. Fine sari silk rugs come with a glossy finish, while desi prints from the Weaver’s Collection might catch your fancy. The concept here is to go with imagination and colour choices of the best weavers from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The rugs bear strong ethnic patterns most likely influenced by the weaver’s immediate environment — little houses with kids playing, birds, tigers, flowers and trees. “This time there is plenty of choice in terms of size, price and patterns,” Misra beams, adding that quality is maintained despite the modest price tags.
Rs10,000 up. From 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. At 23,
Nandidurga Road. Details: 9900026956