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Raj Style Global Glam Comes Home

Shambha Niwas

Built in the 1860s, Shambha Niwas is the private residence of India’s oldest ruling family and offers a terrace view that captures the exotic feel of the region. Photo Credit: Jaime-Ardiles, ArchitecturalDigest.com

 India’s many charms have captivated travelers from around the world, whether they’re aspiring to ascend to the top of the Himalayas or searching for a serene retreat. This mysterious and exotic land has also paved the way to box office gold here in the U.S. (think Passage to India and Bollywood) and created a growing list of “It” girls like Slumdog Millianaire’s Freida Pinto and Royal Pains’ Reshma Shetty  whose red carpet moves are followed by style watchers galore.

Now all things Raj are the rage at home, too, delivering a dash of global glam that’s footed in the past but definitely made for how we live today.

India drawing room

This shapely archway delivers dramatic passage from one room to the next. Photo credit: Erhard Pfeiffer, Daniel H. Minassian; ArchitecturalDigest.com

Although framed by ancient-style flat cusped arches, this drawing room has a modern sense. Why? Because designer Surya Mahal made it all about the architecture by going with a crisp white hue that makes it really pop. Then he added one wow accent that pulls the eye across the room–an elaborate brass-mounted door opening onto the garden.


Black serves as the unifying color for this space, stylistically bridging old world with new. Photo credit: Erhard Pfeiffer, Daniel H. Minassian, ArchitecturalDigest.com

Floored by a lively mix of patterned rugs, this bedroom suite delivers classic Bedouin charm. Yet, it also feels contemporary because of all-white walls and a bold geometric print rug that visually anchors the look.


Nailhead trim accentuates the gracious curves of the Knightsbridge dining side chair. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Knightsbridge dining side chair pairs sumptuous leather with a fabric adorned with paisley–a twisted teardrop motif with Indian and Persian origins.


Because it’s designed with simple clean lines, the Matisette chest can be seamlessly slipped into room styles from classic to modern to Asian. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The intricately carved front of the Matisette Chest does more than conjure images of beautiful Sanskrit mandalas; it also adds architectural interest.


The Gianna Chest, with its feminine cabriole legs and a scalloped front combines a Raj color palette with exotic Old World design. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Leila chest

The Melange Leila chest offers passage to the exotic and global glam. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 Whether your look is classic or contemporary, Indian-inspired décor like this will work. Is your home ready for a dash of glam mystique?


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