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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Mughal Suites

[Images via Rikshaw Design]

Pinks, decked out elephants, paisley: India's visual vocabulary has always inspired Rikshaw Design and this spring Mughal-esque arches appear in one of the company's denser new hand-blocked prints, Palace, part of the 2014 crib collection.

Although originally designed for babies, girls of all ages may be drawn to the 20-inch square quilted voile Palace pillow. (Be sure to check out the lavender and blue colorways, too.)

[Click to enlarge. Photo ©Tim Street-Porter from Doris Duke's Shangri La: A House in Paradise, Skira Rizzoli, 2012. Image published here with written permission from the photographer and book publisher.] 

Since we're talking about Mughal-inspired cribs, this seems like a good time to mention that the storied suite at Shangri La is at long last scheduled to re-open in the fall. If you don't already know the history of Doris Duke's airy bedroom and its handcrafted contents, find the backstory here.

[Image via Assouline. Including it here because The Met's fall catalogue will pull from Amin Jaffer's research, published last year by Assouline.]

Also coming in the fall: Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection. Opening at The Met in October, this exhibition will include 60 jeweled objects encompassing the Mughal period through the early 20th century. And, yes, there will be a new book.

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