Every design has a tale to tell, like the eloquence of a poet, or the ferocity of nature; our designs hold human emotions in every stitch. Andraab strives to bring the rarest of the rare, and the most delightful designs to life. Featured below are a few of our designs…
This pattern was created during the Mughal emperor Jehangir’s rule (1605-1627). Jehangir was a great artist and naturalist, and it is his love for the birds that is described in the design, done by the artist of the royal court on one of his canopies. We have recreated the design in thread. The pattern runs through the entire base fabric making the bird motif prominent over all others.
William Morris was a well known British architect whose work made a huge impact on literature, design and politics. Daisy Flower (1864) is one of Morris’s earliest designs, as well as his most enduring. Embroidered with finesse on the pure silk base, the pattern is said to bring out the virtues of the daisy flower. Initial inspiration for the piece is said to have come from medieval sources. The main visual impetus came from the 15th century manuscript of Froissart’s Chronicles and Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women.
A Deccan design from the late 18th century (1799). Done on the base of silk and pashmina blend, the pattern is defined by scrolling vines. The enigmatic portrayal of the following plant is iconic and adds a unique, surreal aspect to the archaic medieval drawing scale. This particular piece is said to have belonged to Tipu Sultan of Mysore.
A palampur is a type of hand-painted and mordant-dyed bed hanging that was made in India for the export market during the 18th century and very early 19th century. Because a palampur was hand-created, each design was unique. Only the rich could afford to buy palampur; therefore, few examples have survived and are often quite valuable today. We have tried to recreate the design in silk keeping in mind its originality. The bed spread which can also be used as a wall hanging is dominated by a large central circle surrounded by flowering trees and a standing tree in each corner. The border has a swag motif and is entirely European in inspiration, although the field shows a more Indian influence.
This particular palampur is done on wool. The design depicts an elegant, all-over pattern of flowers and leaves. Traditional artisans drew great motivation from the natural landscape which was rich and beautiful. Because a palampur was hand-created, each design is unique.