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Wednesday, September 17

All I want...

...is a room somewhere

...though I wouldn't really mind a fort or two

or, a room or two in a fort!

The retreat of Biki Oberoi, the head of the Oberoi Hospitality Group, is a fort. Yes, an actual real life fort! Real 150 years old fort. Restored with the help of architect Pratap Patki and interior designer Sunita Kohli. Since the fort [called the Naila fort] was declared a heritage site, the fort was renovated to suit the modern day living requirements without disturbing the original majestic structure.

Splendour of Rajasthani sandstone


Suraj Pol [Sun Gate] made in Shekhawati region


Marble floor with inlaid design (also known as Pietra Dure art form)...reminiscent of Mughal art


The walls glow with aarish, a glaze of white lime, ground marble and eggshells


Chest from Gujrat and collection of antique arms. The Rajasthani version of planter chair on the left


One of other gates - the Ganesh Pol. The elephants (in the courtyard niche) have been stencilled in gold leaf


One of the private living rooms. Love the bougainvillea plant in the brass planter


Ram headed chairs clad in brass


Cushions in dhurrie (rug) fabric, on chairs, under a chattri (canopy)


Ah!

As I said, if not a fort, a room or two in this fort would also do!

[Info and images from Architectural Digest]

3 comments:

Laura said...

What a splendid, royal abode! Thanks for the sharing! The pictures are dreamy...

Sunita said...

I wonder if there are any resident ghosts?
I think the housekeeper certainly deserves a raise! Keeping it so spotless in dust-prone India is a miracle... or is it Photoshop?

Pravs said...

wow ! wow ! great pics.

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