In India, I saw extraordinary pairings of textures and patterns. What I thought was elaborate and ornate in Western architecture pales by Indian standards. The textures and designs are so layered and intricate that just when you think you have seen the height of embellishment, a new design augments an already astonishing amount of detail. Looking at architecture in India is as breathtaking as it is inspiring. The use of texture and pattern melds into wondrous compositions that perhaps would not work in one's imagination, but are perfectly appropriate in reality. At once India's architectural detailing that is so much a part of Indian architecture is as practical as it is mystical: marvelous to behold.
On the drive to Khajuraho, I stopped at the city of Orchha, which dates from the 1500's. There I saw the Jahangir Mahal, a stunning example of Mughal architecture. It is entered through wonderfully textured and huge wooden doors with iron fittings. Layer upon layer of stone carved design frames these doors in both smooth and rough materials all in proximity with flat and coarse slate flooring. The intricately interlocking carvings and the aging of the 400+ year old palace urge the eye to continuously roam around the structure, seeking new visual delights. Visiting Orchha, a place that has lovingly preserved the magnificence of a once established empire, remains a highlight of and insight to the fabulous Indian architecture I saw in India.
|Black and White Architectural Photography: Orchha, India|