Don’t mind the mobile phone camera. If folks understood how lenses work, we would be careful about the limitations of tiny cameras.
That’s Red Natural Stone for you. At a farm house. You can try putting any kind of vitrified tiles, and try growing grass in between, the way you see in the pictures, and you won’t feel a thing. And you won’t get a picture like this.
There’s another point here. You see squares have a special magic in matters of flooring. I feel they look better than rectangles.
But then one who understands that beautiful lack of symmetry looks more beautiful than beautiful symmetry, would not prefer squares. That’s for another post. This red looks ravishing at night with some dim lights around.
They are stones, they don’t come packed. But when they are laid, there’s no comparison. Have a look below, clicked at a recent project for a bungalow.
You are not going to get vitrified tiles for such beauty. You may think it’s just a matter of outdoors vs indoors, but it isn’t quite. It’s a matter of patience and sensibilities. It’s a matter of what your sole (you may even say, soul) wants to feel.
Just look at this bungalow! I often pass by this house on my walks, mostly in the evenings.
How beautifully charmingly it ages! An interestingly done facade with natural stone. Can any of the artificially contrived surface materials, that folks and interior designs use so often, match this beauty?
One of the things about this is also that this stone is glossy like glass. Glass means maintenance, at some point, will be a pain.
It’s been a trend. Bigger and bigger slabs of marble and granite for flooring. As if bigger is better. Or, bigger is better looking.
Actually watching the slabs in a huge stockyard is quite different from watching the slabs as floor amidst the enclosing walls.
In a huge stockyard, a big slab may still not look as big. In a room, a big slab may seem to exhaust the floor.
Big rectangular slabs look downright ugly. Irregular ones may still look much better. But you gotta see the small irregular slabs, in fact more in the form of flagstone, as part of floor. Unfortunately, even with so many images proliferating on the web, in the catalogues and magazines and elsewhere, it’s hard to compare different kinds of floors side by side.
Big slabs look ugly. Sure, we are not rich builders or famous architects. We are mere stone suppliers, or as they use that term in the SAP software, we are mere vendors. What do the vendors know!
Which building in Ahmedabad would attract you enough to spend a good part of your day in its presence?
That sounds like a contrived question. Let me re-attempt.
Is there any built space in Ahmedabad that you may want to spend all your day in?
At one point, when I was a child, the garden in Gandhinagar offered that space. But then children have fascinating ways of turning their surroundings into entertaining spaces.
Now, a member would immediately say, Karnavati Club.
Recall more such spaces? We are building more buildings. But those buildings can’t seem to hold us, accommodate us. In fact, the more time we spend among such buildings, the greater is the feeling to go away somewhere far, somewhere where the memory and sights of these buildings can be obliterated.
Such is the city we’ve built and continue to build.