We at Anand Prakash always use old, original and authentic stamps and vintage documents in our pieces of art. We search the length and breadth of the country, villages, hamlets and obscure towns to get these beauties. Our stories of chasing such antiquities is something which needs a separate post on our blog some day. We plead, cajole, request and spend a bomb to get you the rarest and the best. Thousands of these flow in and beautiful products flow out for that special you who is going to treasure it for times to come. #anandprakash #vintage #stamps #britishindia #princelystates #olddocuments #india
I often visit the Taj Mahal and it never fails to mesmerize me with its timeless beauty and grandeur. Every time I come here, there is an inspiration to create something. This happened on many of my visits but never materialised into anything until last year, when I carried along my Nikon and extensively photographed the architecture and the intricate geometrical patterns found on the exterior walls, facades, columns and gates of the Taj Mahal.
I wanted to do something more than just taking a picture of the Taj Mahal and putting it on everything!
We then set out to trace and recreate them to fit into our product range. A lot of patterns had to be redone to fit into the design of our products. What you see below are a few of the products that we have created. Like all my earlier ranges, the story had to be told therefore a small booklet accompanies every product from this range giving a brief history and information on its architecture, patterns, decorative elements, etc.
I am self-taught therefore every time I work with a new range or story, it helps me learn and grow as a designer because of the extensive research that goes into the subject. While working on the Taj Mahal range, I learned about Mughal architecture, geometric patterns, stucco, stone inlays, calligraphy, abstract forms and vegetative motifs, herringbone inlays, tessellation patterns, etc.
Range of products: Serving trays, Coasters, Multipurpose boxes, bookmarks, stationery, rulers, magnets, journals, book-ends, business card holders, etc.