This complete table lamp comprises of a beautiful gathered silk lampshade, handmade from panels of a vintage Indian saree, sourced exclusively for us by silk route specialists Samarkand Design. It comes with an antiqued iron base replete with a ‘colour-pop’, green, cord flex. Only small numbers of lampshades can be made from each individual garment and each shade will differ very slightly depending on how the fabric is cut.
The intricate patterns speak of the rich decorative heritage of India and the vibrant, jewel-bright combination of pink, teal, orange and red transports anyone lucky enough to have visited, straight back to the colourful textile markets of Rajasthan. The silk shade simply glows and that’s without even switching it on!
So styling ideas? Well we’d go for a juxtaposition of old and new here. This decorative lamp would look fabulous on a sleek, modern console table in a entrance hall – something like Ligne Roset‘s ‘Pont’ high table – which is essentially just a single, curved piece of glass. The subtle aqua hue of the edge of the glass, visible in a daylight setting, references the colours in the silk shade perfectly.
The assembled dimensions of the lamp and shade are 64cm tall x 25cm diameter at the lampshade’s widest point and the lamp comes with a bayonet fitting (max. 60 Watts). Fix and tighten shade securely in position with the threader ring that screws down on to the bulb holder.
Sustainability and education are at the heart of Samarkand Design, which focuses on improving the lives of each of the artisans they work with, building lasting and positive relationships with suppliers based on the principles of fairness and social responsibility.