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Under the Indian Sun: Split-Bamboo Chik Blinds from Joss Graham

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Under the Indian Sun: Split-Bamboo Chik Blinds from Joss Graham

August 1, 2018

Here’s a centuries-old summer staple, worth noting for 2018: “chik” window blinds, woven in India of bamboo, with lattice patterns made of ecru cotton. We particularly like the blinds from Joss Graham in central London (a “well-known destination for collectors, travelers, interior designers, and all those who have a passion for handmade fabrics from around the world”), which are favored by designers like Rita Konig, who uses them in traditional, and not just modern-tropical, interiors.

According to Joss Graham: “Indian split-bamboo chik blinds have been made and used in India for centuries to shield and cool interiors in the blinding light of the Indian summer. Think of cool, shaded verandas; filtered sunlight throwing dappled patterns on stone floors.”

Here’s a look at their offerings.

one of many favorite places we&#8\2\17;ve spotted similar thin natural blin 9
Above: One of many favorite places we’ve spotted similar thin natural blinds: A Détacher in New York City. For more, see An Under-the-Radar Shop in Nolita.

the chik blind was—and still is—prized for its design, durability, and rela 10
Above: The chik blind was—and still is—prized for its design, durability, and relative inexpensiveness. Joss Graham’s blinds are handmade in India and available in six patterns, including the simple Sidha, shown.
the hexagonal choodi pattern. the cotton string that forms the pattern, as we 11
Above: The hexagonal Choodi pattern. The cotton string that forms the pattern, as well as the tape edging and the cord, can be custom-dyed in any color.
a blind with the chirag pattern. &#8\2\20;accurate measuring is essential, 12
Above: A blind with the Chirag pattern. “Accurate measuring is essential,” the company advises. The blinds can be custom-made to fit within a window frame or over it.
the more elaborate nagaur pattern, &#8\2\20;a design taken from an \18th c 13
Above: The more elaborate Nagaur pattern, “a design taken from an 18th-century miniature painting.”
the curved 3 gilas design chik blinds pattern. 14
Above: The curved 3 Gilas Design Chik Blinds pattern.
 the joss graham team chose the diamond shaped barfi pattern with black dyed  15
Above: The Joss Graham team chose the diamond-shaped Barfi pattern with black-dyed strings for the windows of their London gallery. (It’s shown here with white strings.)
The blinds are available £10 per square foot plus tax for the natural, undyed versions, or £11 per square foot plus tax for blinds with dyed strings, tapes, and pulleys. See Joss Graham for more info.

Like this look? See more of our window blinds and coverings, including:

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