Mulmul Versus Mall

September 23, 2008

The fab new Muslin ties decor into knots

The name conjures up images of wooden beds with floating canopies, super soft kurtis over bikinis, or even the odd scrap of mulmul deemed safe to tinker around my gadgets with. But if muslin symbolises simple, homespun, security-blanket-worthy comfort, Muslin is all about a lush, decadent and uber sensual romp. The store specialises in lifestyle accessories, including some stunning swatches of silks for upholstery. On spying a piece of pink and maroon silk, I’m very tempted to forego cushion covers and tack it up for a fitted dress with a wide flouncy skirt!


And then there’s all the unique bric-a-brac, guaranteed to give your home a touch of conversation-piece chic. Metal and glass fuse to create a candelabrum that mimics the motif of an organ, fittingly named Beethoven. Buffed wrought-iron fireplace tools make me consider shifting base to the nearest hill-station if only to use them. But while some of the stuff on offer may be a tad too stuck in the groove — silver service platters, towering blocks of scented candles, photo frames and vases — a candelabrum with crystal drops bravely improves the view considerably, gleaming alluringly amidst the glass platters and silver filigreed fruit baskets.

Apart from such dazzling finds, it’s the selection of fabrics at the far end of the store that manages to make it all worthwhile. Cascades of emerald green and blood red silks in checks and petals and giant polka dots. Linens in a variety of vegetable dyed block prints. And all that jute, benarasi zari, chanderi silk and more on offer is almost like an education in Indian textiles.

Of late, there are so many stores for the decor enthusiast to browse through. But I, quite understandably, have a ’soft’ spot for this one. SO much more intimate than buying my home accessories at the mega mega mega mall, right?

Muslin: 11 Raghuvanshi Estate, 11/12 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai; Tel: 32177005/6; Prices: Beethoven candelabra: Rs 13,995, ember fire tools: Rs 1,595, fabrics from Rs 300 to Rs 19,000 per metre.

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