The Luxe Café brings you some exclusive tips from Sarita Handa herself on home decor
Sarita Handa is another name for lifestyle luxury brand in textiles and hand embroidery. From art to dhuries, she jazzes up homes top to bottom. The company is named after its founder & creative head. Her collections include some of the best and the rarest antiques. The Luxe Café brings you some exclusive tips from Sarita Handa herself on home decor. Excerpts:
The Luxe Café: What inspires you to create beautiful fabrics?
My love for nature is the trigger for the creative process for our designs. Inspiration comes during my extensive travels. It was initially the French inspired vintage patterns. The love for flowers is evident in our fabrics. Our USP is the detailing of embroideries, which is mostly done by hand. It is a dying art which we have been trying to revive painstakingly to produce flawless, textured and embossed patterns. I love craftsmanship that is unique and makes people stop and admire the exquisite needlework. Each fabric tells a story through its beautifully created, bold and aesthetically balanced colours. Tulips, cherry blossoms, roses and gardens, our fabrics have them all.
You also deal with some beautiful sculptures, what draws you to that? Your favorite?
Yes, we personally source antiques from across India. I love travelling and have been collecting items for long, which is why we have started retailing them too. We have some amazing buyers who appreciate our collection.
My personal favourite is a wooden sculpture depicting Lord Shiva going back almost a 1,000 years. I found it during one of my trips to south India.
What is that one thing that draws your attention immediately when you enter a home?
Sarita Handa has a mix of everything – upholstery, furniture, carpets, dhuries, Art. Tell us more about it? Your favorite item from the collection.
My favorite is the rare Persian rug collection. Rugs from Tabriz, Bidjar and Beshir tribes of Iran and Turkmenistan with centuries of legacy, excellent weaves and intricate plush designs add to the resplendence of our first antique carpet collection.
Any tips on how to give good life to the upholstery?
It is actually quite simple. Just keep the following in mind:
1) Regular day-to-day cleaning is best for a bright clean look.
If you remove loose dirt and debris on a regular basis there is less chance it will work its way into the fibre of your fabric upholstery. A sticky lint roller is great for cleaning up hair, crumbs and dust. A lint roller offers the added advantage of lifting the nap of the fabric rather than flattening it and pushing dirt deeper into the weave, which a brush may.
“Sunlight is another enemy of your upholstered fabric, especially silks. Don’t leave the upholstery in the sun for long periods of time.”
2) Check the label before washing.
Many a times home linen is marked “dry clean only” and washing it at home will ruin it. You’ll have to get it cleaned professionally.
3) Remember, water is not always the best cleaning agent.
Upholstery may get defaced by marks left behind by water. So you must make minimal use of water for cleaning it.
4) Sunlight is another enemy of your upholstered fabric, especially silks.
It can cause the upholstery fabric to fade and even fray. Don’t leave the upholstery in the sun for long periods of time.
Best Flea market to pick items for decor?
What is luxury to you?
Sharing my passion with the world
“Floral motifs have a timeless appeal and have always coexisted and complemented any seasonal trend.”
What kind of colours, prints are currently in fashion? What would you recommend for a personal space?
Grey is the colour this season. It is neutral enough to be perfect for the master bedroom.
Colour, pattern and texture are in focus this season in our linen segment. Floral motifs have a timeless appeal and have always coexisted and complemented any seasonal trend. They have always formed an intrinsic part of every designer’s vision.
I would recommend signature solid quilted and embroidered bedspreads, cushions and printed bedspreads.
It is said that your furniture fabric, curtains, and the wall colour should be in sync. What is the ideal way to do it?
Yes all three have to be coordinated but curtains are the most important. It is best to choose curtains first and then wall art and bedding. Or start with wall art, curtains and then the rest.
Which is the most preferred upholstery, curtain fabric? What do you suggest for kids room?
100% cotton, organic would be perfect as it works in all seasons. My suggestion would be to select fabrics which are easy to maintain.
“Apply three simple tests: Quality, Maintenance and Colour Fastness to choose the right fabric,” says Handa.
What role does a fabric play in the interiors?
Its role is second to none. Curtains, drapery, throw cushions, upholstery, blinds and shades are all dependent on fabrics
How can one choose the right kind of fabric? What are the things to look for?
Apply three simple tests: Quality, Maintenance and Colour Fastness.