SPRINGTIME IN INDIA
An Oscar Isberian Blog by Sarkis Tatosian
There’s nothing like India; its sights, sounds and culture offer a singular experience that is utterly unique to this place on earth. I just returned from “the Golden Triangle” of New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra with my eldest daughter, Molly. To see India through her eyes, a first-time visitor captivated by all of India’s charms, was simply magical.
The main purpose for our spring trip was to attend the New Delhi Rug Show, which offered us a tremendous opportunity to visit with a number of our regular suppliers and new ones as well — all under one roof.
Overall, the rugs on display shimmered with lustrous wool and silk. Luxurious new transitional pieces in gorgeous golds, grays and popular blues were abundant. We especially loved seeing updated floral Agras and Mamluks, modernized in color and scale. We also were drawn to an assortment of fresh modern designs that popped with unexpected color.
Am I piquing your interest? I hope so! We look forward to sharing all of these new designs with you soon.
Our adventures didn’t end there. While in New Delhi, we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Bukhara, which has been named among the top 50 restaurants in the world and the best in Asia by “Restaurant” magazine. Famous for its North-West Indian cuisine, guests eat with their hands, which Molly and I loved! The mood inside is rustic and we had great fun watching our food being prepared through the open kitchen. It was such a treat!
Next up, quick jaunts to both Agra and Jaipur let Molly and me see suppliers who didn’t attend the New Delhi show. The excursions also allowed me to treat my daughter to some of my favorite places in India. In Agra, sometimes called the “City of Taj,” that meant the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, completed in 1653. And just 6.8 miles outside of Jaipur in the town of Amer is the Amber Fort, commonly called the Amer Fort or Amer Palace. Its artistic, Hindu style elements, large ramparts, gates and cobbled paths are said to have been constructed in 967 CE.
In all, we found an exciting selection of striking new rugs during our stay. We also discovered the ever-changing face of India, which grows more multicultural and fascinating with each visit; this one made all the better by sharing it with my daughter. Sark~