In this example, the arched jalis are carved in sandstone to make an inside-outside connection and to give a quintessential Rajasthani look to the grand entrance foyer. Jaliscan also is considered for creating semi-private partitions, skylights, windows and railings.
Tip: These can be easily fabricated in materials like stone, wood, MDF and solid surface with CNC machinery.
In this image, faux jharokhas have been used as a design feature within a double-height space.
A chhatri can effortlessly lend a traditional look to the outdoors. Here is a classic example of a gazebo designed as the traditional chhatri in pink sandstone and detailed with rich stone carvings.
Tip: Sandstone is available in various shades of beige, pink, red and brown; the colour is dictated by the content of iron oxide.
As you see in the picture, columns in white marble combine with marble jalis to impart a sense of grandeur to space.
Rajasthan is famous for its intricate marble inlay work – a skilled craft that has been handed over from one generation to the next. The decor of the palaces was given a rich, artistic look with design elements like marble flooring, marble inlay, and murals.
An intricate marble inlay detailed with different colours can be used on the walls or the floor, as in this picture, to amplify the Rajasthani look. This craft is expensive, so in homes, it is usually incorporated in areas like the entrance foyer, a double-height lobby or atrium, or a mandir (prayer room), for making the maximum visual impact.
Note: Rajasthan has more than 90 percent of India’s marble reserves and is famous for its milky white makrana marble. This is an excellent material for inlaid marble flooring and temple carvings because of its white colour, high lustre when mirror-polished, and hardness. Makrana marble was used to build the iconic Taj Mahal, which is detailed with inlay work called parchinkari, which uses coloured marble, precious and semi-precious stones to create flower motifs and geometrical patterns.