Ankasa, the home decor brand run by husband and wife power duo Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia, has teamed up with Beacon Hill to make beautiful fabrics inspired by the owners’ heritage & culture. We got a behind the scenes look at the design process for creating the collections. Check it out:
Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia
“If you’re familiar with the Ankasa brand, we always start with neutrals—beiges, charcoals, ivories. We look at that palette first because its amiable to work with other colors.” says Sachin. In their first collection, Ankasa Iconic, this is the color palette that they started with. The key hues for the Legacy collection, however, were decided upon in a unique way.” Fortunately my wife had just visited Rajasthan for a trip with my girls…We looked at photographs from this and literally when she came back we turned all of the pictures from her cell phone into a color board.”
The three key colors that stood out in the photos were marigold, vermillion and indigo—all colors you would see in India. “We went back to our heritage. Marigold is a very peculiar color you only find there…taking inspiration from Shamiana, these beautiful printed tents they have for weddings,” explained Sachin. Additionally, In India, women traditionally signify that they are married with a mark on their forehead or hairline in a vibrant vermillion powder called sindoor.
The Indian heritage and traditional textile techniques are very important to Sachin and Babi. “I’ve always had an affinity for things that are old, but are used in a modern way—things being done by hand printing, hand looms,” said Sachin as is wife finished his thought by adding, “We learned how to translate these techniques to make them more relevant today.”
The intricate patterns created for Beacon Hill display this adoration for artisan textiles. Patterns like Mela Stripe feature exquisite embroidery and Crawford Bead showcases beautiful embellishment methods. Ankasa has actually been working with the same craftsman for fifteen years, and the couple is still “amazed at how much of themselves [the craftsman] pour into every single document…[Tradition is] something that we are very proud to keep alive in this mechanized world.“
The two collections for Beacon Hill are meant to work well together. We recommend starting with basics from Iconic, then adding in pops of color from Legacy. “True to the Ankasa design philosophy, I believe in the beauty of contrast; I frequently use elegant, understated pieces combined with rich pops of color to complete the look of a room.” suggests Babi (House Beautiful).
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