Indian Bedspreads



It is commonly held that the home is an expression of oneself. Perhaps because this is where a person spends most of his or her time. No wonder then that homemakers the world over take great care in setting up their homes, furnishing and decorating it. And this is no easy feat, for the variety of home décor items available is immense. Take for instance, the Indian bedspread.

Indian bedspreads are celebrated for their beautiful colors, fine embroidery and prints. They are available in almost every fabric, including cotton, satin, silk, polyester, woolen and various blends. And they are adorned with magnificent patterns that would make any homemaker proud.

Styles of Decorating Bed Spreads

Block Printing is an art that is practiced in several parts of India. Artisans use wooden or metal blocks that have been engraved with lovely designs, to print colorful patterns. Bedspreads from India are very often block printed, with motifs of flowers, leaves, figures and geometric patterns.

Painted Indian bedspreads are also a visual treat. Batik, tie-dye and kalamkari are just some of the painting styles that artisans use to beautify bed covers.

The technique of batik involves the resist-dyeing method, wherein wax is used to cover the portions that are not required to be colored, and the cloth is then dipped in dye.

In the tie-dye style, portions of the cloth are tied with thread in interesting ways, and then the cloth is dyed. When the threads are removed, beautiful patterns are formed of the tied areas.

The art of Kalamkari is a combination of hand block printing and painting using a brush-like pen. The two major centers of Kalamkari in India are Sri Kalahasti and Masulipatnam.

The Masulipatnam designs are Iranian in character; the most popular motifs are Persian motifs like trees, creepers, flowers and leaf designs. In Masulipatnam, Kalamkari work is mainly done on bed covers, curtains and garments, using a combination of wooden block printing and hand painting.

In Sri Kalahasti Kalamkari work, temples are a major source of inspiration. It was because of the demand for scrolls and wall hangings with Hindu mythological stories that Kalamkari flourished in this village. These themes are painted in the panels, and there is a script painted along the border. The popular motifs are Hindu gods and goddesses . The work is done entirely with a brush-like pen.

Appliqué is another style of decorating bedspreads. Indian bedspreads with appliqué work are famous of Pipli in Orissa. This decorative technique involves sewing patches of fabric on another cloth, to form patterns. The common motifs are animals, birds, flowers and leaves.

Nothing can beat the beauty of a skillfully embroidered bedspread. And when it comes to embroidered Indian bedspreads, one is easily spoiled for choice.

Kantha Embroidered Bedcovers: The beautiful Kantha embroidery of West Bengal uses the quilting or running stitch to create designs of gods and goddesses, flowers, animals and geometric patterns.

Kashmiri Embroidered Bed spreads :
  • The Kashida embroidery of Kashmir gets its inspirations from nature. Employing no more than two different stitching styles, pretty patterns of flowers, creepers, leaves and mangoes are created.
  • The hook or ari embroidery of Kashmir is used to create floral patterns in chain stitch.
  • Kashmir's papier mache embroidery is done in bright colors using satin stitch. The patterns are usually floral and outlined in black.
Phulkari Embroidery on Bed covers:

The Phulkari style of Indian embroidery hails from Punjab. Executed on handspun khadi cloth, it uses simple darning stitches. Floral patterns in bright colors are the trademark motifs.

Banjara Embroidery on Indian Bedspreads:

This embroidery is unique to the Banjara nomadic tribes of India. It is embellished with mirror and bead work, shells, ivory and colorful threads.

Banni Embroidered Bedspreads from India:

Banni embroidery is done with silk floss. It is brightly colored and uses mirrors and beads. It hails from Kutchh in Gujarat, India.

Mirror Work Embroidery on Bedcovers:

In sheeshedar or mirror-work embroidery of Gujarat and Rajasthan, glass is cut into different shapes and embroidered in the fabric. This embroidery is characterized by a combination of cross, satin and button-hole stitch, along with the mirrors.

Apart from painted, printed, and embroidered bedspreads, India bedcovers that are quilted and woven are also well known.

Gone are the days of large cumbersome furniture that was ornate and elaborate. Modern furniture is minimalist, yet elegant; understated, yet attractive. The no-fuss modern furniture designs are what appeal to an increasingly large section of today's interior decorators.

Contemporary furniture emphasizes the marriage of comfort and style. As opposed to most traditional furniture that concentrates mainly on looks, furniture today is designed keeping several factors in mind: the shape of the human body, health issues, decreasing floor space, the need for storage space, comfort, in addition to aesthetic appeal. Modern furniture, then, is compact furniture; it is safe furniture that is stylish while being practical.

Such elegant lifestyle furniture includes chairs that are designed to match the curves of the human body, without compromising on health issues. They have backs that provide adequate support, and may have armrests and leg rests that are comfortable and flexible. There are added features such as levers to adjust height, recline the back etc. Indeed, one of the distinguishing features of a lot of contemporary furniture is that it is not rigid.

In design, though simple, modern furniture often has elaborate mechanical features. The need to optimize on space has led to the creation of collapsible furniture. This also lends the added advantage of portability. Portable collapsible tables, chairs, beds and other furniture items are convenient, practical and space efficient. This leads to another observation: for furniture to be easily transportable, it must be light. Portable furniture is then, lightweight furniture. Another way of making maximum use of space is to combine furniture items. It is not surprising then, that, modern furniture includes classroom chairs with an attached desk, trundle beds, sofa-cum-beds, bedside tables that double up as self-defense weapons, and other items. To improve portability, modern home décor furniture often has wheels and rollers. In most contemporary homes, a bed with wheels, or a table or chair with wheels, or even a cabinet with wheels is not an uncommon sight.

Modern furniture designers have experimented with various materials, shapes, colors and designs. Modern Indian furniture may be made of iron (wrought iron furniture is a very popular choice), metal, wood , cane, plastic, leather (link to article: Leather Furniture ), glass.

Home furnishing stores in India have a very large variety of both traditional as well as modern Indian furniture. A unique feature of contemporary Indian furniture is that it exudes the glory of the traditional designs of furniture from India , but in a subdued and more practical manner that is a characteristic of furniture today. The Indian furniture stores sell items of

  • Modern drawing room furniture
  • Contemporary dining room furniture
  • Modern bedroom furniture
  • Modern bathroom furniture
  • Modern outdoor furniture
  • Modern kitchen furniture

Under these heads, these modern furniture stores in India sell modern tables, contemporary chairs, beds, mattresses like the water bed mattress, swings, stools, dressers, mirrors, divans and other items.
Today, online contemporary furniture stores have also become very popular.

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