Whispering hues amidst timeless views: Art and history converge at Ambrai in Udaipur imagined by Noorein Kapoor
DEC 18, 2023 | By Maheshwari Vickyraj
Nestled beside the enchanting waters of Lake Pichola and bordered by the grandeur of majestic palaces, the verdant embrace of luxuriant gardens, and the stoic backdrop of the Aravalli Hills, Noorein Kapoor, embarked on a quest to pay respect to a history steeped in opulence.
Channelling architectural elements and design motifs, she breathed life into the magnificence of yore with the re-magined restaurant at Ambrai. It became a canvas to interlace the creative energies with the venerable craft communities, breathing life into time-honoured traditions.
“Our design philosophy is unfurled as a dance between the traditional and the contemporary, guided by a symphony of principles,” she elaborates. For those seeking a more private communion, “we sculpted semi-private jharokhas, designed to cradle couples and groups within their secluded embrace, the very embodiment of intimacy,” elucidates Noorein.
With ceiling space at a premium, draping it with dhurries imbued the space with an air of distinctive grandeur. Paying homage to Udaipur’s local artistry unfurled in a vivid tapestry by using thapai, mother of pearl inlay, ornate brass mirrors, intricate dhurrie patterns, pichwai narratives, and the masterful touch of marble carving, she painted a portrait of heritage, resplendent with the soul of Udaipur.
Ambrai thus stands as a testament to the delicate interplay, where craft and design find harmony, inviting patrons to partake in an unforgettable journey. It’s a homage that paves the way for posterity, where every stroke of her design leaves an indelible mark on the heart of this captivating locale.