Still getting floored
How a tile company that began as 'swadeshi' and helped etch Mumbai's art deco signature stays relevant
When conservationist Abha Narain Lambah was working on restoring the century-old Mani Bhavan, which is now home to a Gandhi museum, she was faced with a problem. She needed tiles—old tiles, to be specific. “Mani Bhavan, where Gandhiji used to stay in Bombay, was built in 1917 and the original, patterned Minton floor tiles had cracked or broken. In some places, these had been replaced with ceramic bathroom tiles," she says, her voice quivering with the horror of it. This travesty had to be addressed and Lambah reached out to the only place she knew which could help: Bharat Floorings and Tiles. “They produced those heritage designs for us without a problem. Plus, the swadeshi legacy of Bharat was an added bonus."