Vaunt Design in India, Part 1.
I’m sat here, Abs my wife fast asleep next to me, 1 hour into the 6-hour taxi ride from Delhi to Jaipur. Amongst the mayhem and relentless beeping horns on the roads of India's largest city, Delhi, I'm experiencing an extreme sense of nostalgia and belonging. Our driver is driving in such a way that if I were in a taxi in the UK, I'd be asking to be dropped off immediately with a full refund! Somehow, however, I find myself in a state of calm. Am I being naive to be so trusting of our driver’s capabilities? Possibly, but what option do I have when everybody else is driving in the exact same way? "They drive like this all the time," I tell myself, "they're used to it".
Little over 10 months ago, Abs and I travelled the length of Vietnam. Kicking things off in the smoggy, bustling streets of Hanoi, it was quite the culture shock for the first few days, however, we quickly fell in love with the honesty and rawness of the city. The roads in Vietnam are chaotic at best. An endless stream of scooters at seemingly any hour of the day confidently intertwine with one another, yet we didn't witness a single accident. I must be subconsciously comparing both places like for like, after all, there is an air of similarity here.
Anyway, we’ve got a 6-hour drive ahead of us on bumpy roads, so I’m gonna ‘try’ and get my head down. The road to the pink city starts here!
Affectionately known as ‘The Pink City’ due to the rich, sandy red tones that adorn many of the city’s walls, Jaipur is alive with colour at every turn. Pictured here is one of Jaipur's most iconic landmarks, the utterly striking Hawa Mahal, situated in Jaipur’s old city. Built in 1799, this unique design was constructed so the royal women of the city could keep an eye on the goings on in the bustling streets below.
We just love this photo! The beautiful rich reds and purples of this lady’s traditional garments, embody Jaipur perfectly. This outfit is called a Ghagra Choli and can be found in many of the shops and stalls that occupy the pink city’s bustling streets.
Located 11km out of Jaipur, Amer Fort is an absolute must see. Built for the royal family at the time in 1592, the fort is an overwhelming show of opulence and power.
Amer Fort is constructed out of red sandstone and marble and the walls are embellished with intricate mosaic designs. Pictured here, it’s said that the chamber of a thousand mirrors can be lit by a single candle.
Without a doubt, the artistry on-show during our trip to the fort has had a considerable influence on many of our designs.
Elephants carry tourists up the steep hill toward the fort, however, there have been concerns for the elephant's well-being over the years with reports of lasting injuries due to the strain of their work. We suggest you stand back and marvel at their beauty! The stroll up the hill isn’t too strenuous after all.
Jaipur’s Old town is the pulsating heart of the city. Many of the city’s main attractions are located close together and you can’t help but be swept away by the vibrancy and energy of the town.
Market stalls are manned from an early hour, selling anything from traditional garments and jewellery to handcrafted items like pottery and hand-woven rugs. You’ll, of course, be primed for the attention of many of Jaipur’s street vendors, but it’s all part of the charm of Jaipur!
The search for our perfect rug supplier was quite an arduous one. It’s paramount that we find a partner who can consistently deliver the finest geometric and vintage style rugs at the highest quality.
Our trip to India not only taught us a huge amount about the industry but told of some incredibly heartfelt and uplifting stories about the positive impact the industry has gifted Jaipur, and the local towns and villages.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is well known for the quality of its flat-weave and hand-knotted rugs and dhurries, and nobody upholds that quality better than our partner, based right here in Jaipur.
When we first spoke to our partner, saw their work and learned of their impeccable reputation as one of the finest artisan rug manufacturers in India, we knew we had to jump on a plane to meet them. We can’t speak highly enough of their work and the way they conduct themselves in the community, offering training and providing well-paying jobs to families throughout Rajasthan.
Specialising in contemporary geometric designs and modern transitional, vintage style rugs, their vision is very much in tandem with our own.
We can’t wait for you to see our collection of 100% handwoven rugs.