Make your Apartment twirl in the holiday spirit with these Christmas decor ideas!!!

Deck up your homes and get in the Christmas spirit!!

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Christmas is near, everyone is planning to spend some quality time with their families and loved ones craving out special memories that last forever. Christmas brings home joy and happiness but also a lot of pre-festive preparations. It is a colorful festival and all we wish is to make our home look really beautiful and attractive. Set a festive holiday mood throughout your house with our simple Christmas decorating ideas. Every room can use a Christmas touch, and we cover all your indoor spaces with our classic Christmas inspiration.

Whether you have a traditional home or prefer a more contemporary Christmas look in your living room, kitchen, and entry, our holiday ideas will inspire you. This festive season make your apartment twirl in the holiday spirit with these Christmas decor ideas.

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Home Decor Items you “MUST” gift to a newly-married couple

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Marriage is a special occasion and its memories are cherished for a lifetime. Indian weddings are known for their pomp and show. Both guests and hosts exchange gifts, in order to express their joy and gratitude.Summer weddings are not so popular nowadays!! Lovely couples are now seeking an alternative to popular May and June ceremonies and are choosing December- January as a time to walk the aisle and pledge their vows. In fact, December was cited as the third most popular month for weddings.Marriage is made more memorable by all who are attending it. This may be your best friend’s wedding, your sister, or your brother or any of your loved ones who is now finally ready to get settled. However, finding an appropriate gifts for your loved one is not an easy task. So instead of finding what is in fashion, focusing on the needs of a newly-wed is a great way of deciding what to give as a gift for couples on their wedding. Continue Reading

Kalamezhuthu from Kerala: An Art with a Difference

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In India when it comes to celebrations and festivals; every aspect of it is somewhere or the other related to the ritual art forms and the cultural traditions. The art of creating large pictures and abstract designs on the floor using coloured powders is celebrated in India as a ritual art form. This art of painting is commonly known as Rangoli. One such art of painting floors is the “Kalamezhuthu art” from Kerala, an art with a difference!!!

In Malayalam, the literal meaning of “kalam” is a picture and “ezhuthu” is the act of drawing. Kalamezhuthu is the unique Indian art form practised only in Kerala, prominently in South Kerala. It is also known as dhulee chithram or powder drawing. It is a harmonic blend of Aryan, Dravidian and tribal Indian traditions in association with scared grooves and tantric elements. Kalamezhuthu is essentially a temple art. The patterns to be drawn and the colours are traditionally stipulated, and the tradition is strictly adhered to. As an art form it has found a significant place among our rich spectrum of fine arts. Kalamezhuthu is a forty day ritualistic festival beginning with the first of Vrishchikam (Scorpio) in most Bhagavathy temples in Kerala. This art is practised in temples as well as noble households and is considered as a symbol of welcoming the deities.

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“Khovar and Sohrai”: The Marriage and Harvest Art

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Khovar and Sohrai
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The art of painting walls in India is centuries old.  There are many styles of wall painting art depending on the culture of the people varying from different states and regions of the country. Today, we will be talking about one of the oldest art forms of wall painting that has continued since 10,000-4,000 BC; “Khovar and Sohrai”: The Marriage and Harvest Art of Jharkhand. Continue Reading

Ceramic Pottery: The Ancient Art of Exquisiteness

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Ceramic pottery” the ancient art which is considered to be the most exquisite one today, was discovered as early as 24,000 BC. The word ceramic comes from the Greek Keramikos meaning “pottery”.  Ceramic industry is considered to be the earliest industry discovered on the planet. Once discovered that the clay could be dug up and formed into objects by adding water and then firing, it gave birth to the ceramic industry. It was around 10000 years later that ceramic tiles were manufactured in India and Mesopotamia. As the communities settled and the art developed ceramic pottery kept on establishing on further stages. It was the time when ceramic pottery was used other than vessels for storing food and water. Continue Reading

African Art: The Oldest Form of Tribal Art in History

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History:

African art is considered to be the oldest form of tribal art in history. The origin of African art is believed to date back even before the recorded history. It is believed that the earliest found art is around 77000years old that hails from Africa. African art describes the visual culture from the African continent, modern and historical paintings, installations, sculptures, pottery and other traditional works. The definition of this tribal art also includes the art of the African Diasporas, such as African American, the Caribbean, and other American art. African art is not only about one territory or any one culture it is an art that includes a variety of themes depending on life events of the tribal people. Despite this diversity, there are some unique artistic themes that define the culture of the African continent. The African rock art in Sahara in Nigeria preserves 6000years old carvings. Continue Reading

GOND ART: The Indian Tribal Art of Painting

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Painted songs, folklore and stories on the walls; this is what Gond art is popularly known as!!!

About Gond Art:

Gond is an Indian tribal art of painting practised by “Pradhan’s & Gond”; the largest Adivasi community of Central India. The population of Gond tribe is more than 4million and these tribal people reside in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa. They are Dravidian and their origins can be traced back to pre Aryan era; that is more than 1400years ago. The word “Gond” comes from a Dravidian expression “Kond” meaning green mountains. Among Gond’s, prominently the Pardhan Gonds are renowned for their artistic skills, be it painting or music. Continue Reading

How to Take Care of Home Decor in Monsoon

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While decorating home we always keep in mind to infuse latest design decor products that goes well with the interiors making it look unique. Traditional/vintage home decor is the new trend followed around the world. Now day’s people are demanding for traditional handmade decor products and antique handicrafts; these decor products always look exquisite and don’t fade with time. Handicraft offers a variety of home decor product range to choose from, furniture to flooring to textiles. It’s a creation that gives your home interiors into a unique look. It is very important to take care & maintain these handcrafted home decor products, especially during monsoon.

Here we are with some easy and useful tips that will help you enjoy this monsoon without worrying about your home decor.

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Indian Handicrafts: The Latest Decor Trend of 2017

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Indian handicrafts
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Indian handicrafts are known for its ethnic glory and inimitable designs reflecting the artistic culture of the country.  People keep searching for new decor trends for their home interiors, cafes, restaurant, hotels and other living spaces. Now day’s vintage and antique decor has become a trend. These decor designs make home interiors look beautiful. It also helps to attract visitors who enjoy the ambience around such cafes and restaurants. Indian handicraft products is the latest decor trend of 2017 and are in high demand worldwide.  People are trying to implement more of handcrafted decor to their interiors. Indian handicrafts not only look lavish but adds vintage style to the decor. Continue Reading

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