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Infusing Interiors with Historical Narratives: A Tribute to Indian Heritage

Interiors have the power to tell captivating stories, and what better narrative to explore than the rich tapestry of Indian heritage? India's history is a mosaic of diverse cultures, traditions, and artistic expressions spanning centuries, and integrating these elements into modern interiors can create spaces that resonate with depth and soul.

Our Creative Director, Devika Khosla, believes that every interior space has the potential to tell a unique story, weaving together elements of history, culture, and heritage. Here are some TWI-tips to integrate historical narratives into your home decor!


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Versatility in Modern Aesthetics

Aluminium windows, showcased in projects like Casa K and Terra, embody modern sophistication. Their versatility enables them to adapt effortlessly to diverse architectural styles, be it the sleek lines of a contemporary structure or the timeless charm of a more traditional design. The aesthetic appeal of these windows goes hand in hand with their robust nature, offering visual delight and structural integrity.

Fenesta and Tostem's commitment to customisation provides architects and designers with a valuable tool to tailor windows to specific project requirements. The ability to seamlessly integrate these windows into diverse spaces, ensuring perfect harmony with the overall design language, underscores their versatility. This flexibility empowers designers to meet a project's functional needs and enhance its aesthetic appeal, contributing to a holistic and cohesive design vision.


Photography: Noughts & Crosses | Unafraid of colour, the design merges comfort, style and functionality to curate a vibrant home with surprises in every corner in our project, Ridge View Residence.

  • Embracing Traditional Architecture

One of the most striking features of Indian heritage is its architecture. From the intricate carvings of ancient temples to the graceful arches of Mughal palaces, there is a wealth of inspiration to draw from.

In our design projects, we often incorporate elements such as jaali partitions, handwoven textiles, or antique brass accents to evoke a sense of timeless elegance. These architectural motifs add visual interest and connect the space to India's architectural legacy.


Photography: Amit Mehra | Every corner and detail of the living space is crafted to adhere to the clients’ love and pride for Indian art and craft in our project Casa K.

  • Celebrating Textiles and Handicrafts

Indian textiles and handicrafts are celebrated worldwide for their beauty and craftsmanship.

Each piece tells a story of skilled artisans and age-old techniques passed down through generations. Handcrafted textiles such as silk brocades, ikat weaves, and block-printed fabrics add depth and authenticity to the narrative and infuse warmth and character into interiors, transforming spaces into living artworks.

Photography: Noughts & Crosses | In our project, Treetops, New Delhi, The fabric-sandwiched glass sliding doors integrate an element of art and culture through its traditional design and motifs.

  • Exploring Color Palettes Inspired by Indian Heritage

Earthy tones like terracotta, mustard, and indigo reflect the hues of the Indian terrain, while jewel tones like emerald green and royal blue invoke Indian royalty.

The colour palette of Indian heritage is as diverse as the country itself. Rich, bold tones like ruby red, sapphire blue, and royal green evoke a sense of opulence and warmth. We love integrating these hues into our designs through carefully curated upholstery, draperies, and accent walls.

Noughts & Crosses | In the store for Gaurang, the walls have portrayals of the natural habitat that include forests, animals, birds and scenes from the Mahabharata, adding to the exquisite experience of Indian traditions, tales and craft.

  • Integrating Art and Iconography

Art has always been integral to Indian culture, often reflecting mythological themes or daily life. From traditional paintings to modern interpretations of traditional art, curated selection of artworks that celebrate India's diverse artistic traditions can be used to spruce up spaces. You can also showcase handcrafted pottery, brassware, and folk art pieces that add character and soul. These artworks serve as focal points, sparking conversations and adding depth to the interior narrative.

By integrating Indian art forms such as Madhubani paintings, Tanjore art, or miniature paintings, we bring narratives to life within our designs.

Noughts & Crosses | Our project, Treetops, is a home adorned with art, such as the exquisite pieces of old spearheads framed over the cabinetry.

Indian heritage is a treasure trove of design motifs, colours, and craftsmanship that have withstood the test of time. From the intricate carvings of Rajasthan's havelis to the vibrant Madhubani paintings of Bihar, each region boasts its own distinct design language. Infusing interiors with Indian heritage is not merely about aesthetics but honouring a legacy of craftsmanship and creativity. By incorporating elements like traditional wooden jharokhas, handwoven textiles, or antique brass accents, we bring an aura of timeless elegance into modern interiors.

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