Before moving back to Delhi after her studies at Rhode Island School of Design she had worked in New York for interior designer Susan Gutfreund. Ishrat launched Mishcat Co in New Delhi in 2013, with the aim to change the way people think about carpet. They work with upcycled sari silks, which is beautiful, inspiring, and completely sustainable material. Its’ luminous and the different yarn mixes available each time add to the beauty of it:
“That, along with the upcycled aspect and the relevance to Indian history and craft, is what drew me to introduce a carpet in this beautiful new material. I look on the carpet as an art piece and a starting point, around which a room can be curated.”
Once they finish product in the studio, they focus moves to the after production process. At Mishcat Co they help client envision the space around it – to actually design a home around the rug. They recommend upholstery, throw pillows, paint colors, the works, to go along with the rug. That way combination of design house (Mishcat Co) + the interior design consultancy (Ishrat Sahgal Studio) works really well.
“I especially love it when people send us photos of different ways they’ve used the carpets in their spaces, of their pets snuggling on them.”- Ishat says. “I like that we’re able to make the process interactive and fun, and get people excited about what otherwise seems like a traditionally mundane piece in a room.”
She believes that “curation and collaboration are the way forward in design; a lot of design businesses are based on these two aspects. I think it’s important to focus on what you’re good at and outsource things that work within your design vocabulary but are other people’s forte.”
Read this story in POOL 80.