T Magazine: A Design Lover’s Guide to the Modern Jaipur

Written By wartini cantika on Rabu, 27 Agustus 2014 | 17.36

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A villa at the Tree of Life Resort & Spa in Jaipur, India.Credit

Jaipur is like the elusive mistress you can't get enough of. Considered to be India's first planned city, it was painted an autumnal shade of pink to coincide with the visit of the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) in 1878. But time and traffic have turned the pink into a shade of sandstone orange, and today, the city straddles eras. Run-down palaces pop up at random street corners. Ornately carved domes rise up against glass monoliths. Global ideas mingle with generations-old handicrafts, from block printing to brass beating. A stroll around the 18th-century Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal), which overlooks the city's main arterial road, gives you a sense of the throbbing cosmopolis Jaipur has become. Here, the top spots to visit in all directions.

Anantaya
The contemporary design studio is spearheaded by the award-winning industrial designer Ayush Kasliwal, who employs traditional craftsmanship (beaten brass, stone carvings, inlay work) to create future classics.
B-6/A1, Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-01, Rajasthan, India, anantayadecor.com

Jaipur Rugs
This is one of the country's largest manufacturers (and exporters) of flat woven silk and wool dhurries, all hand-knotted by master tribal weavers using time-honored methods. Spend a day wading through their vast collection, which ranges from deconstructed Tibetan damask-patterned weaves to silken carpets designed to mimic snakes shedding skins to a supple undyed rug bearing a Moroccan tile motif. The company also delivers globally.
G-250 Mansarovar Ind. Area, Jaipur-20, Rajasthan, India, jaipurrugs.com

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From left: hammered metal servingware at Anantaya; the selection at Jaipur Rugs.Credit

Teatro Dhora
An arresting half-finished indigo-painted wall with animal heads greets you at the entrance of this concept store. Stop by for a smart selection of lesser-known Indian design labels alongside the house range of quirky jewelry, artwork made from saws and spatulas, colorfully patterned caps and well-crafted leather bags.
9, Yashwant Place, Ajmer Road, Jaipur-06, Rajasthan, India, dhoraindia.in

Jaipur Modern
Dramatic black-and-white marble flooring and inlaid tables dominate this new lifestyle store set in a 1920s bungalow. After shopping for home accessories, clothes and jewelry, linger over a dreamy meal at the in-house Italian restaurant the Kitchen, which has an Instagram-worthy centerpiece of embroidered handmade teak tiles and a unique woven-wood wall installation by the award-winning Mumbai-based architect Rooshad Shroff.
51, Sardar Patel Marg, Dhuleshwar Garden, C-Scheme, Jaipur-01, Rajasthan, India, facebook.com/JaipurModern

Trunks Company
What better way to pack your haul than in a customized trunk made in Jaipur? These bespoke beauties made from Italian leather, French hardware and German casters take at least 500 hours to make. The store has built trunks for storing everything — from a minibar to guns, turbans to sunglasses — but what really sets its wares apart is the suede lining the inside, always in a bright color to represent the vibrancy of the city.
44, Lane #4, Kartarpura Industrial Area, 22 Godown, Jaipur -06, Rajasthan, India, trunkscompany.com

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Clockwise from top: a woven wood installation by Rooshad Shroff mounts the walls at Jaipur Modern; bespoke trunks from the Trunks Company; a work-in-progress at the Teatro Dhora concept store.Credit Clockwise from top: Fram Petit; courtesy of Trunks Company; Arjun Krishnan.

Tree of Life Resort & Spa
If you're looking for some quiet time, head to this secret pleasure palace nestled among rolling green hills, hidden away just off the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Laze in one of the 13 sprawling villas (five come with plunge pools), indulge in gourmet meals and surrender to an "eternal bliss" massage under the desert moon.
Kacherawala-Kukas, Jaipur-303101, Rajasthan, India, treeofliferesorts.com


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