Noor Mahal in Karnal, Haryana, owned by ex army man, Manbeer Choudhary and his wife Binny Choudhary reflects the owner’s vibrant and eclectic taste in art and architecture. The property is enriched with traditional crafts and intricate works that echo the designs and charm of the past. Here, pause for a moment to admire a wall embellished in exquisite thikri work, get mesmerised by the three-dimensional architectural beauty of the colourful peacock mural in the lobby and the vibrant colours enveloped inside the property. While talking about the murals around the property, Chander Shekhar Puri, General Manager, Noor Mahal says, “The craftsmen first made a real scale draft of the design on paper and stuck it on a wooden plank. Then using a diamond cutting tool, the colourful glass pieces were cut to acquire the required shapes. These shapes were stuck to the paper base and the remaining grooves between the pieces of glass were filled with a paste of marble powder and glue.” Similar works can be seen in many of Rajasthan’s landmark palaces and heritage kothis, including the famous Amer Fort and Jaipur’s City Palace.
A centuries old door acquired by Binny from a home in Bikaner sits proudly in the lobby while a life size portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last king to own the famed Koh-i-Noor, adorns another corner. But the most swoon-worthy showpiece in the lobby is a handmade Swarovski chandelier made in crystal and glass. “There are only two of these pieces in India, the other being in the Rashtrapati Bhavan,” says Puri. The concierge desk is packed with old-world charm in the form of an ornate table and a backdrop of thikri art in blue and orange. The white agaria marble flooring shows intricately crafted semi-precious stone inlay work reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Hard to believe, but it only gets better from here.
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