There’s a new nook in town for anyone with the slightest passion for antiques and cultural artefacts, says Anjum Chevalwala.
The place can be compared to Ali baba’s cave, a regular store on the outside but filled with delightful little treasures inside.
Standing outside this quaint store, you almost feel like lowering your voice and calling out “Open Sesame!” Why? Heirloom, as the name suggests is a store stocked with treasure. With everything from Turkish teacups, altars inspired by the ones in old Goa homes, pure linen bedcovers and designer saris, Heirloom has so much to offer.
At first glimpse, the store display, tells you of all the culture, art and modern colours you’ll find inside. As we entered, a bright yellow coloured kurta hanging on the entrance door welcomed us.
The window display has an Indonesian carved wooden storage box and an old painting on an easel. On top of the storage box is an old buttermilk-churning-jar, with a dark brown wooden lever that rotates with ease. It’s a quirky little piece since it doubles as a decorative item for the living room.
A bright yellow kurta catches our eye as we walk in. An Indonesian carved wooden storage box, an old painting on an easel and an old buttermilk-churning jar (Rs 3500) are all part of the scenery. Embroidered and brocade cushions covers and floral print bed covers draped from the ceiling form the backdrop to this quirky mash.
The store stocks a stylish range of clothes including gowns, brocade blouses and kurtas from designers like Silkworm and Tulsi. Most of the looks here looked so comfortable, that we wouldn’t need too much convincing to slip into one of them the next time we’re headed out to party.
If Western wear is too tedious, browse through the sari blouse collection with pretty brocades and colourful patches inspired by Pakistani, Rajasthani and Kutch designs. Owner of Heirloom, Anita Hirani has helped with the designing of some of these blouses. Team these with designer saris (ranging from Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000), for a fresh take on an ethic ensemble.
Just like the best things are the most difficult to come by, so are some of the interesting items in this store. You’ll miss them if you don’t look closely enough.
An old school English trunk, part of Hirani’s personal collection was part of the interior decor. It generated so much interest that it’s now on sale by popular demand. The next part of the store is like a little trip to a museum with fun religious paraphernalia. The night lamp with a Ganesh statue, the ceremonial robe of a Church Priest from Goa and a statue of Mother Mary were all interesting.
Considering the climate in Mumbai, it might be a good time to invest in one of their snugly quilts, starting at Rs 7,000. Thick but not bulky, these surprisingly lightweight quilts are quite toasty. While we’d pick a happy floral printed one here, there are number with simple minimal designs.
Almost everything you see in the store is for sale, even the old paintings and photographs used to furnish the walls of the store. The prices start from Rs 3000. Perhaps the only items not for sale are the dazzling chandeliers along with bright coloured lamps hanging from the ceiling.
Overall the prices of the products lean towards being expensive, but luxury is seldom inexpensive. If you interested in arts, culture and clothes, you are bound to find something that charms you at Heirloom.