When we think of Indian history, first thing we instantly connect is the art & architecture. Art reached great heights during royal family’s patronage and continued to flourish in various forms at different regions. But when it comes to rich wall murals, no art form can come closer to Rajasthani paintings. They have evolved and integrated different styles from Peshawar to Moghuls era. You will find different styles of paintings from one place to the other within Rajasthan. For example, the murals found on the inner and outer walls of the houses are called Gond paintings. These paintings are based on daily narratives of life, wars, nature and rituals.
These murals are not only found in the palaces, but also on the streets and even in the houses of a common-man of Rajasthan. As you enter the state, multitudes of colors and centuries old art greet you. I always wonder why has this art died down and where have the artists gone?! There could be many reasons and may even be difficult to bring back that glory, but what we can definitely do is emulate the simple forms of their art that is not only easier to create but also blends with the modern décor.
I got this idea of bringing simple Rajasthani wall-art to our homes when I came across Mihir Garh (a Heritage Hotel, Rajasthan) and observed how beautifully they have infused the Rajasthani folk paintings into the modern décor. Have a look at these exquisite murals adorning the walls and pick the ideas for your home:
1.Rajasthan is a home for India’s national bird, the Adding the mural of royal blue peacock on a large blank wall can add oodles of life to the living space. It will definitely keep your guests engaged.
2. This is the simplest form of art that you can add to your décor. You can see how just a fine line of painting around the windows, doors and ceiling, are adding so much of ethnicity to the interiors.
3. This one is my favorite! Showcase different facets of your local culture in a creative way.
4. Draw rangoli motifs on the wall, using the color that matches with the furniture.
5. When its Rajasthan it has to be Royal – mural of a mahout on an elephant can exude that royalty!
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