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Ishrat Sahgal

Ishrat, an interior designer by education, works closely with every aspect of Mishcat Co.

Siphoning the best quality fibres

To minimize their impact on the environment, they primarily use upcycled yarn.

Mishcat Co works with 40–45 artisans and weavers based in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

Often, their artisans also contribute to the design, suggesting patterns and colour combinations that they’ve been experimenting with.

GLIDE Carpet in SUNSET

"Inspiration for a carpet can come from anywhere."

Weaving one-of-a-kind carpets

The spools are meticulously hand-knotted on their looms.

Washing the carpet

Once complete, the carpets are sheared, finished, washed and quality-checked.

RHODES Carpet in ICE BLUE

Since the carpets are made with a variety of yarns, each hand-crafted by different craftsmen, there is never two of a kind.

CRETE Carpet in POPSICLE

Playful, eclectic and bold; their pieces are innovative and speak of the brand’s culture.

Combining contemporary design with Indian craft

A boutique design house and a design consultancy, Mishcat Co believes in creating unique pieces that become the starting point to composing beautiful, curated spaces.

Curated spaces

Mishcat Co was established to revive the luxury associated with well-crafted, one-of-a-kind carpets and to bring floor coverings back into the foreground of designing spaces.

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Lab 06 Jun 2018

Intertwine: Mishcat Co along with North Indian weavers transform leftover South Indian saris into bespoke carpets

In a country so diverse that each province has its own clothing, food and dialect, only one form of clothing remains consistent – the sari. An emblem of Indian culture, the sari is worn, albeit in different styles, all across the country. One of the biggest produces of the weaving industry, sari production also generates large amounts of textile waste. An environmentalist at heart and a designer by profession, Ishrat Sahgal assembles this indigenous waste and works with independent weavers across northern India to craft it into bespoke carpets. Her label Mishcat Co, known for its eclectic colour palette and playful designs, accomplishes luxury and sustainability.

Owing to a vast majority of repetitive patterns and mundane colours, carpets and floor coverings often become an afterthought in the process of interior design. Mishcat Co was established to revive the luxury associated with well-crafted, one-of-a-kind carpets and to bring floor coverings back into the foreground of designing spaces. A boutique design house and a design consultancy, Mishcat Co believes in creating unique pieces that become the starting point to composing beautiful, curated spaces.

Curated spaces

Mishcat Co was established to revive the luxury associated with well-crafted, one-of-a-kind carpets and to bring floor coverings back into the foreground of designing spaces.

Ishrat, an interior architect from Rhode Island School of Design, works closely with every aspect of Mishcat Co, from inspiration, to sketches, to design and to looms, overlooking the weaving process as well as each interior space curated around their products. With a team of about 8 at her Studio and finishing facility in New Delhi, Ishrat directs Mishcat Co’s 40–45 artisans and weavers based in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

Ishrat Sahgal

Ishrat, an interior designer by education, works closely with every aspect of Mishcat Co.

Mishcat Co works with 40–45 artisans and weavers based in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

Often, their artisans also contribute to the design, suggesting patterns and colour combinations that they’ve been experimenting with.

The making of Mishcat Co’s endemic carpets

Although the weavers are spread across North India, Ishrat sources raw material – mainly leftover sari scraps – from the Southern regions. Siphoning only the best quality fibres from trusted sources, Ishrat tells us they have to go through tons and tons of material before procuring usable raw material. The hand-picked yarns are sorted into colour families, then hand-carded and spun into spools.

Siphoning the best quality fibres

To minimize their impact on the environment, they primarily use upcycled yarn.

“While we love experimenting with new things, I think one thing is stable: the design vocabulary that we have honed in on, over time.”

Simultaneously, the design studio works on inspirations and concepts, that turn into sketches, and eventually blueprints. “Inspiration for a carpet can come from anywhere – it could be the naturally formed creases of an ancient textile, to the aerial layout of an entire city, for example. The most recent pattern was actually inspired by Indian summer sunsets,” Ishrat tells us. Often, their artisans also contribute to the design, suggesting patterns and colour combinations that they’ve been experimenting with.

GLIDE Carpet in SUNSET

"Inspiration for a carpet can come from anywhere."

The blueprint is then printed life-size and the spools are meticulously hand-knotted on their looms. Once complete, the carpets are sheared, finished, washed and quality-checked. Since the carpets are made with a variety of yarns, each hand-crafted by different craftsmen, there is never two of a kind.

Weaving one-of-a-kind carpets

The spools are meticulously hand-knotted on their looms.

Washing the carpet

Once complete, the carpets are sheared, finished, washed and quality-checked.

Although, upcycling saris is what they are known for, Mishcat Co loves to experiment and evolve. Playful, eclectic and bold; their pieces are innovative and speak of the brand’s culture. “We get bored easily! While we love experimenting with new things, I think one thing is stable: the design vocabulary that we have honed in on, over time,” Ishrat tells us.

CRETE Carpet in POPSICLE

Playful, eclectic and bold; their pieces are innovative and speak of the brand’s culture.

“Inspiration for a carpet can come from anywhere – it could be the naturally formed creases of an ancient textile, to the aerial layout of an entire city, for example. The most recent pattern was actually inspired by Indian summer sunsets.”

Being conscious, environmentally and socially

To minimize their impact on the environment, they primarily use upcycled yarn. They also resort to ecological dyeing and washing procedures. Additionally they are also considering recycled and upcycled materials for packaging as well as stationery.

RHODES Carpet in ICE BLUE

Since the carpets are made with a variety of yarns, each hand-crafted by different craftsmen, there is never two of a kind.

Aside from being environmentally-conscious, Mishcat Co has also reached out to and employed a large number of women weavers, helping and encouraging them to be independent. Among the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, Ishrat believes in doing more, in trying to preserve and sustain not only India’s craft sector, but also its artisans.

Combining contemporary design with Indian craft

A boutique design house and a design consultancy, Mishcat Co believes in creating unique pieces that become the starting point to composing beautiful, curated spaces.

Looking at Mishcat Co’s future

Mishcat Co aims to expand from designing, into documenting a transparent weaving process via blockchain technology. Ishrat also dreams of setting up an institution to help educate the next-generation weavers on combining contemporary design with Indian craft, and aid them in creating a sustainable lifestyle.

Currently based in New Delhi, Ishrat tells us they are also excited about opening up a new studio and setting base in London. With Mishcat Co under her wing, Ishrat aims to make the process of creating and selecting carpets, fun and colourful!

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