Designs on walls…

When I moved into a new house, I unpacked and put up all those freshly washed and ironed curtains, the polished wood furniture and other small curios to decorate the house but still there seemed something missing in the decor. Ah! Yes! My walls were bare!!

When a wall is adorned with paintings, photographs of family, textures and colors, it comes alive and the house suddenly transforms into a warm well decorated home.

Wall decoration has been a habit with humans since their days as cave dwellers. Archaeologists have discovered early wall paintings all over the world. With the innovation of tools by early men, designs became three-dimensional and elaborate carvings appeared on walls depicting the flora and fauna, kings and gods, signs and symbols, hymns and edicts….almost everything!

Indians, since ancient age, have painted images of many Hindu gods on entrances for good luck and images of people celebrating festivals on their walls. Indian ancient temple walls have been adorned with finest and exquisitely carved sculptures. Forts, palaces and houses of rich traders had walls decorated in marble inlay, stone carvings, paintings,mirrors and precious stones.

Some wall motifs and designs that caught my eye :







About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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