Elaborately designed, handcrafted and painted, the couturier has designed a regal range of wallcoverings from Nilaya, for which Deepika plays muse
Sabyasachi is set to make your walls speak his ornate language, with a new collection of royal wallpapers. A collaboration with Asian Paints, the range of wallcoverings is called Nilaya. This is the brands’ second such partnership.
For this edition, Sabyasachi recreates detailed Raj-era etchings, the heady beauty of Mughal gardens and stately French architecture through textile traditions such as chintz and toile de jouy. The wallpapers come in pomegranate reds, indigo blues, deep sea green, crimson, rose and noble sandalwood.
Some of the work from the collection features hand-painted motifs from Paris, finely outlined with 18 carat gold, and hand-painted walls in a ‘Bengal Red’ with motifs of flora and fauna inspired by the tree of life. The Chapter II: India Revival Project is composed of 25 lavish patterns.
With the collection, Sabyasachi pays tribute to the richness of the ‘fabled land that is India’.
‘’The homes of North Calcutta always fascinate me. Through winding lanes and decrepit alleys, one often stumbles upon ‘Paradise lost’. Humble tea stalls, crumbling book binding factories and dingy mustard oil presseries make way for forlorn palaces and music rooms of erstwhile ‘zamindars’,” he says. A lesson in sheer hedonistic maximalism.”
The couturier recalls Osler and Baccarat chandeliers engulfed in cobwebs, occasionally twinkling in the late afternoon sunlight, and works of great European and Bengali masters co-existing in communal harmony. That, he says, is the vibe he wants to create with this collection. “Swipe the dust from the walls to unveil another treasure,” he adds.
Deepika Padukone is the face of the collection.