Possibly the first female contemporary carpet designer who caters to customised carpet requirements of leading interior designers and homemakers across the world, Rashi Bajaj is the principal designer and proprietor at Carpet Couture. Having incepted the studio in 2009, Rashi has been a part of a wide spectrum of projects including working with premium hospitality brands, as well as doing exclusive rugs for homes of the who’s who across the industry spanning India, UK, Middle East and Singapore.
After completing her schooling from Welham, Dehradun, Rashi went on to pursue a B.Com honours from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi, after which she did her postgraduation in Business Management (MBA) from SCMHRD, Pune. Casting aside a promising corporate career ahead in Infosys, (where she worked for almost a year), she decided to follow her true calling—designing carpets, and joined the family business in 2008. In 2009, she launched her label, Carpet Couture by Rashi, becoming one of India’s first carpet designers.
Today, Rashi designs both contemporary and traditional carpets, lending her signature skills to each variety. Exquisite Persian carpets are crafted at her studio. Clients can also get rugs and carpets customised to match their décor. While buying a rug can seem to be a daunting—and expensive—proposition for some, the practical tips Rashi hands out will make your task of choosing the right one easy:
1) Decide on the size: Often, people buy smaller sizes of rugs than they actually need, mostly going by the price factor. But if your room is large, you need a large carpet: smaller ones will only make it look choppy. If you are unable to decide, a professional’s help can be sought to get the perfect size of your carpet. Once you have bought a carpet, it is a good idea to orient it to the shape of the room—a square placement for a square room, for example, and a rectangular arrangement for a long room.
2) Consider the traffic. The yarn, colour and design of the carpet should depend on how much ‘traffic’ it will need to take. If you plan to place the carpet in a high footfall, low maintenance area, care should be taken to select stain resistant yarn like wool and stay away from light colours. The more your carpet will be walked across, the more likely it is to get spills, stains and dirt. Lighter carpets can be treated to be more stain resistant, but if you go for a less expensive one, it will show wear and tear faster than darker-coloured rugs. If you have pets or non-paved outdoor areas, more dirt will be tracked in than if you live on a paved lot. Hallways and all-purpose living areas tend to take the worst beating.
If it is going to be a formal area which is least used, you can grace it with carpets that boast more delicate yarns like genuine silk , bamboo silk and banana silk.
3) Go by your budget. Depending on how much you are planning to shell out, select the best yarn within your budget. For example, viscose staple silk can be a cost effective option for genuine silk. Of course it will not have the finesse of genuine silk, but it should make do at a much lesser cost.
4) Take colour and light into account. These should, in fact, be the key deciding factors in the kind of carpet you choose for a room. Your carpet can make a difference to the quality of light: it can bring a bright feel to a dark room and soften the tones of a too-bright space. A room that receives strong sunlight should not have a carpet that can fade.
5) Match it to the upholstery. Do you want a carpet that blends in with your overall fashion design or one that makes its own fashion statement? Every room needs one main focal point. Your rug can be that point or it can support another object such as a painting or piece of furniture. You just don’t want the carpet competing, or your room will feel too busy and confusing.