India has a varying spectrum of architectural styles which reflect culture, lifestyle and even climate differences. This wide range includes not only the palaces but also the houseboats and contemporary dwellings of the modern era. A prized aspect of India’s architectural details is the art of woodworking patterns, wood carving and wood inlays. Read on for more inspiration and ideas to incorporate this lovely art form into your space and see how you too could get them for your home.
Elaborate and rhythmic geometric shapes combined with abstract floral designs are a traditional pattern found on ceilings, doorways, furniture and décor accents. Wood craftsmen are taught through the generations and beautiful shops showcasing the wood workmanship can be found and enjoyed. Even boats can be intricately carved from wood! These historic houseboats are mostly in Kashmir, India, and can be rented to enjoy the local floating markets, lotus fields or simply to enjoy an experience that no regular hotel could provide.
Carved wood details can bring an overall effect of refined rusticity to your home. The wood details also look beautiful with color and other decorative treatments such as distressed paint finishes and gilding.
Wood inlay (or marquetry) is the art of different materials, such as wood, pearl or shells, and laying them within carved wood patterns. Beautiful wood carvings with inlay adorn Indian temples and palaces but the look can be easily incorporated into contemporary interiors.
This is a gorgeous 18th-century Moghul carved wood façade from a merchant’s house. It was used by designer Matthew Patrick Smyth and featured in Elle Décor.
Wood is an essential element of Indian style. Incorporating India-inspired wood carvings and wood inlays can serve to infuse a modern space with an air of tradition. They provide earthy counterpoints and add to the richness and harmony of any home’s design! Do you think the antique and the contemporary make good neighbors?
If you are tempted to see what’s available out there in order to answer that question, and perhaps even decorate your home using antique Indian wood-carved objects, here are a few options to get you started – World Craft Industries, Hammer and Hand on Etsy, Mogul Interior.