Indian style for your home interior designs
India has a great variety of cultures, each with its own unique style in terms of interior decoration. In this series of articles, we will take a sneak peek into what each Indian culture has to offer in terms of unique Indian home interiors.
We will start the series with the northernmost state of Kashmir in India.
Kashmiri house interior design
The northernmost state of the country may be currently embroiled in controversy, but its rich cultural heritage is something very unique and traditional. Those who have access to the interiors of Kashmir are full-time ambassadors of its natural beauty as well as the welcoming nature of its people.
Kashmir houses are mostly wooden, and they are designed in such a way as to protect from the cold. Warm woolen rugs are an essential part of any Kashmiri home. It’s a way to keep the cold out of the ground. When entering a Kashmiri home, it is necessary to remove any shoes outside so as not to stain the carpets.
The seating arrangement is in a traditional Kashmir village house right on the floor. Colorful woolen rugs decorate the seating area, and a separate rug is often placed to mark the seating area. The visitor may be offered a cushion to sit on depending on the degree of respect he is supposed to give.
In modern Kashmiri homes, sofas and lounge chairs have caught the imagination of the locals, but by and large the floor seating arrangement is preferred.
heavy, Dark thick curtains It is the norm in most Indian home interiors in Kashmir. Again, the purpose is to prevent a cold. Don’t be surprised when you are offered ‘Kangri’ the moment you take a seat in a Kashmir house to help you keep warm. This Kangri is nothing but a clay pot filled with coal embers to keep you warm, the same thing that almost every Kashmiri carries in winter. You will also be promptly offered some of the best blankets in the house to cover your legs, should you feel the need.
The traditional embroidered Kashmir curtains, called namda, are made of thick white cotton fabric, and embroidered with bold designs of beautiful and colorful wool. The same fabric is often used as bedspreads and even for making pillow covers etc. You can generally find it in any kashmir showroom or outlet.
The dining area in a traditional Kashmiri house has floor seating. The ladies of the house would serve hot meals and would have their own meals later. In keeping with the Islamic tradition of sharing meals, three or four people eat from one common plate. Of course, the traditional variation of the visitors is kept in mind and generally they are offered independent plates.
The Kashmir home interiors are unique as they are made and used handloom fabric and traditional embroidery. Plan a trip to Kashmir to spend some of your best holidays ever as well as collect loads of traditional home interior items!