Indian Wall Hangings



The Place of Indian Wall Hangings India is recognized as one of the most diverse nations in the world. And also one of the most artistically rich. This combination of diversity and skill has produced some of the most breathtaking creations. Every region of India has its unique style of creative expression. The fine arts of painting, sculpting, carving, embroidering and others take on a new form in every state of India.

Indians have always been fond of adorning the walls of their home. Decorative wall paintings have been created since the time of primitive man. At the same time wall art that is not created directly on the wall, but that adorns the room in the form of wall hangings, has also gained immense popularity.

Indian wall hangings are made of a variety of materials, and adorned in myriad ways. Some of the popular materials used are:

  • Mud/clay
  • Jute and coir
  • Paper
  • Cloth

  • Wood and cane
  • Metal (wrought iron, brass, bronze, copper, among others)
  • Papier mache
  • Glass

Some popular decorative styles are:

  • Appliqué and patch work
  • Thread work
  • Embroidery
  • Embossing, engraving, enameling, beveling
  • Weaving

Popular motifs and patterns are geometric, floral, animal, gods and goddesses, court life scenes, scenes from everyday life, mythological figures, architectural, birds, human figures and abstract designs.

Indian Wall Hangings from Gujarat: Gujarat is famous for its embroidered wall hangings that are adorned with mirrors and beads. They are brightly colored and look festive. They make abundant use of yellow, red and saffron.

Rural Gujarat is also known for its terracotta wall hangings. These have a hardwood or light wood base, and are also adorned with mirrors.

Woven Indian Wall Hangings: Wall hangings woven of jute are famous of India. The natural golden color of the jute fiber is very attractive. Sometimes, it is also dyed. Beads are used to decorate the hanging. As are hand knots.

Metal Indian Wall Hangings: Moradabad and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in India are famous for their handmade brass , copper and stainless steel hangings.

Bastar in Madhya Pradesh is also well known for its tribal wall hangings

Platter hangings are typical of Tamil Nadu. These are made of bronze or sheet brass in a number of shapes. Thanjavur plates have designs beaten out from the back of copper and silver plates, and encrusted on a brass tray.

Kerala and Karnataka are also famous for their metal Indian wall hangings.

Papier Mache Wall Hangings from India: Papier mache work is famous of Kashmir . The motifs are Persian influenced. Two styles are famous: Arabesque which is done in gold on brown or red, and Yarkand which is characterized by spirals with gold rosettes and white flowers over gold scroll work.

Cloth Wall Hangings of India: These are traditional Indian paintings that are framed and hung on walls. They include paintings such as Phad , Pichwai , Warli , Madhubani , Kalamkari , Thangka , Batik , Miniatures , Patachitra , Tanjore , among others.

Jharokhas are embellished and carved wooden wall hangings from India.

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