Text by Mallika Chandra. Images by Hansraj Dochaniya (courtesy Jaipur Rugs)
One positive change the pandemic effected was to bring city dwellers closer to natural rhythms. For one, we started to look up. No longer was the rising sun just a mundane fixture signalling the start of a hectic workday. No longer was the moon a mere orb in the sky, which one only saw if one remembered to look away from a screen and out the window. Stars were visible (again) and the clear, pollution-free skies became a daily respite from the harshest of lockdowns.
For architect-designer Ashiesh Shah, the starlit night skies inspired age-old questions about the mysteries held within them, which he explored through a series of watercolour paintings. Over the course of two years, these original paintings laid the foundation for his first collection of luxurious…