Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Past - Present - Perfect!

India is a country of a vast cultural heritage. From ancient cities like that of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa to imperial colonies of the British rule, India has been a host to distinct cultures and rituals. Great civilizations have flourished and perished on this rich land embedding traces of their varied culture deep into the traditions and lifestyle of the contemporary Indian society. While people celebrate Friendship Day and Valentine’s Day in tune with the western world, they also celebrate Raksha Bandhan which has numerous historic references.

People remember and people like to be remembered. In this pursuit many objects have been created that today we call artefacts. Artefacts or antiques are nothing but items with cultural or historic significance that gain value as years turn into decades and decades into centuries. The older the artefact the more valuable it is. There are people who passionately collect artefacts, known as antiquarians, and they do not mind spending a fortune on the right ones. When there is demand, there has to be supply. However, to house artefacts and cater them to the right audience, there has to be a certain appeal to the store itself. One such place is enveloped in a grand century old gothic building at a landmark location in Mumbai. Established in 1860, Phillips Antiques holds a collection of old folk and tribal art, silver, porcelain and pottery from various regions and eras, brass toys, vintage photography, coins, lamps, maps, colonial and ethnic furniture, and lots more.


Now, when you have so much under one roof, and every shelf and corner has its own rustic charm, you cannot help but notice the glory right under your feet. As you walk inside Phillips Antiques, you are welcomed by a carpet with a complex border created using stars and stripes. For those who are familiar with Bharat Floorings would recognise them in an instant. Bharat Floorings has been a go-to place for all kinds of floorings ranging from modern to heritage. When world renowned architect Brinda Somaya designed the store, she knew exactly what the place was going to be utilised for. The choice of star and stripes from the Geometrique Collection of Heritage™ tiles was easily justified once they were installed and polished. Like various other sites seeking a rich heritage look, the deep red and Jaisalmer yellow pattern gracefully complements the history of the artefacts. 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Bharat Floorings & Tiles - A Rich Heritage

Heritage is something that is handed down from the past; a tradition that is embedded with honour, pride, and courage. At least that's how a popular dictionary defines it. And, yes, we agree. Decades ago a very enthusiastic brand was born with a patriotic vision - a brand that we know as Bharat Floorings and Tiles. Bharat Floorings is nothing less than a heritage that has been passed down from the pre-independence era to the contemporary society.

At Bharat Floorings it is believed that every floor tells a story. So what could tell the story of such a brand better than their Heritage™ collection of tiles themselves? The tiles were first manufactured in the 1920s and are custom designed to create stunning floors. Each cement tile is hand-crafted from the finest, carefully selected ingredients, aesthetically blended to create a high quality tile of rich and glowing colours. Elegant and durable, they are nothing less than works of art and representative of our country’s rich architectural heritage. The tiles were installed at important and popular buildings of that era, but sadly disappeared with time. After a very long absence, the tiles were reintroduced in 1999 during the first Kala Ghoda Arts festival. The traditional processes were used with the original moulds to bring the Heritage™ tiles back to life. Since then, the Heritage™ tiles have been a constant favourite amongst top designers and architects, be it for a private residence, commercial space or restoration of an iconic building.

The Heritage™ tiles have a vast variety of sub-categories classified into distinct collections based upon their designs and patterns, and their usage. Beautifully flowing floral designs make up the Bloom Collection. They are based on nature, are easy on the eye and adaptable to any type of decor.

Trendy designs based on 3D patterns are very interesting since they create a form of contemporary art without any borders. These patterns together make up the Cubist Collection.

The Geometrique Collection is a perfect choice for commercial as well as personal spaces with strong, bold lines and direct, focused themes with definite shapes.

A very unique collection from the Heritage™ tiles is the Graphic Collection. Each tile with a certain pattern is complete within itself, unlike other Heritage™ patterns that need four tiles to be combined for the pattern to be complete.

The classic heritage look is best provided by the Heirloom Collection that contains all the designs of Bharat Floorings that have a very traditional and period look. Some of the oldest designs can be still found in this collection but with certain alterations.

There is another collection of tiles with stripes, a lace design and a French classic pattern that form the Grande Collection. The Heritage™ Collection also has Tekdis, popularly known as inserts, that are used between various Octagonal and Pentagonal tiles.


The Heritage™ tiles are used at a variety of places ranging from private residences to museums. Some of the popular places that flaunt these beautiful tiles from the various Heritage™ collections are the Taj Mahal Tea House, Pizza Express, The Pantry, Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Abode – a boutique hotel, The Nutcracker Cafe, Pali Village Cafe, British Brewing Company and Elle decor winner – The Library House, among others.


Next time when you visit any of these places, pay attention to the tiles, they have a story to tell; one that proudly flaunts the fact that the future is built on the foundation of its past, a rich & glorious past at that!