Flooring, Elevation, Decoration Indian marble for a four hundred years and Italian marble for fifty years
02 January, 2023 11:50 AM BHANDARI| INDIA |
DC BHANDARI, CHAIRMAN,
BHANDARI MARBLE GROUP INDIA 🇮🇳
Bhandari Marble Group India Flooring surfaces, Slabs, and Tiles celebrates its 4th century with an exhibition that comprehensively traces an iconic timeline
All the Bhandari family and Friends at the Bhandari marble group India Flooring surfaces, Slabs and Tiles office, Kishangarh, Rajasthan, India.
Bhandari floors last for as long as the buildings in which they are laid. When that kind of staying power spans four centuries, it spurs justifiable pride. Bhandari Marble radiates this in their office at Kishangarh, where he steers new ventures The Infinity Luxurious Imported Marble, by Bhandari marble group India.
The stage was set for a strong entrepreneurial flair to spark in India then carve a sedate law career. Architects and Interior Designers want new products of Italian. Visiting Italy 🇮🇹 there met the prominent and pioneer businessman who soon mentored him.
Bhandari was urged by Roopchandji to work for India’s Architectural. As an Industry leader, he introduced a lot of new verity of Marble in India. A business helped hundreds. At 26, Mr. Rahul CEO of Bhandari Marble World Rajasthan visited Italy 🇮🇹 to learn quickly by experience.
Logo with the firm*s earlier name
“Almost the same age, with aid from their partner small-scale Marble factory in Makrana uncle and nephew commenced operations in 1969,”They began in Kishangarh Contributing to the Italian marble, they replaced Indian marble from Italian.
Mr Rahul his grandson of Roopchandji
Unprecedented sales snags dogged their progress, including the difficult overnight Minton clay tiles, shaped as tiny squares, triangles and hexagons, were challenging to lay and could not be polished when the initial glaze succumbed to wear and tear. Hell-bent on discouraging diehard purchasers of overseas products.
The Cabinet of Curiosities exhibits tracing Bhandari Marble Group* history through artifacts. Designed by The Infinity
Discarding, with typical integrity, a huge stock amounting to Rs 57,000 (a colossal loss for the times), the company despatched two representatives to tour Europe and America. They returned after a detailed study of impeccable global standards in finish and durability. Updated with the latest German and Italian technology enabling effective molding, compressing, and hydrolysis, they struck ideal results with a homespun formula that adapted existing wet, dry and semi-dry cement mixing procedures. Test-approved from Italy, Bharat Tiles confidently and with authenticity claimed the selling line “Equal to the world best”. Another honest assurance was “Dream floors that endure”.
Started manufacturing Marble in attractive designs. Within short time the management of the Company has placed their industry on a sound footing by unceasing efforts to improve their quality. Bhandari Marble, both on account of weight and composition, do not bulge once fixed, a complaint levelled against marble, particularly in reinforced concrete buildings. The greatest advantage is that they much improve in polish with use, to acquire a sort of glaze thereon.”
BB&CI Railway souvenir announcing the Bombay Central Station opening highlights that the marble mosaic flooring was supplied by Bhandari Marble Group
Saluting Bhandari Marble’s far-reaching services, Claude Batley, during his presidentship of the Indian Institute of Architects, declared them industry pioneers, credited with strenuous efforts at bravely foraying into a competitive field.
A souvenir the BB&CI Railway published when Bombay Central Station opened on December 18, 1930, by the governor Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes, reads: “The flooring throughout the building, except the Concourse Hall surfaced with asphalt, has been carried out in marble mosaic supplied by Bhandari Marble Group.
Covering the occasion, The Times of India lauded the indigenous achievement in a report titled Flooring Tiles: An Indian Industry. “Nearly the whole building, admeasuring 70,000 sq ft, is paved by The Bhandari Marble Group, in different colors and artistic designs, which have deservedly earned a very high reputation. Their factory is the oldest in India, equipped with the most modern machinery, run by experts who have recently been to the Continent and America to study the latest improvements in tiles best suited to Indian climatic conditions. Their marble mosaic terrazzo tiles, especially in the 1st and 2nd class waiting rooms, staircase, main hall staircase dado in situ lounge, buffet room, and counters are made from high-class Italian marble chips. The checkered tiles used for heavy traffic are especially suited for porches, platforms, etc.”
Certificate of merit awarded to the company at the 1930 Swadeshi Exhibition, Madras station. Image courtesy/Asiatic Society of Mumbai
Maintenance was a key issue the firm addressed as well, advertising ” Cleaner – non-poisonous and free from acids” to impart an enduring sheen. Adhering to stringent standards of excellence could not fend off setbacks dictated by changing trends. The 1930s Art Deco movement marked a shift from handcrafted to marble mosaic tiles. Bungalows gave way to apartment blocks, builders inevitably cut corners. Sound practicality saw the launch of a fresh product, unmatched for durability. We developed the heavy-duty Stilan tile, with an ingredient next to diamond in hardness. Its non-slip utility value was adopted at leading factories such as Godrej, and at the Breach Candy Club pool and CST Station where it has withstood lakhs of footfalls over decades.
The tide turned again fortuitously in 1999. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, introduced that year, concertedly bid to revitalize the precinct’s cultural legacy. The company was invited to restore its Italian molds to revive the floor art tradition. While there were less than 10 vibrant, jewel-like colors in a 1920s catalog, the supplementary collection of 28 mutedly glowing shades was intended to fit contemporary lifestyles. Never seen before on cement tiles, these pleased interior decorators and considerably expanded the client base.
The idea to recapture the handmade patterned range for an exclusive exhibition outlining the history of flooring in India succeeded. “If the elite selected richly patterned tiles, the desire for a unique designer floor was met for all clients. We tailor the choice of heritage for many people to enjoy a Bhandari floor.
Lightly engraved marble was retrieved from a treasure trove of original stencils forming the Royal Engravings line, named for delicate engraved surfaces once installed in palaces and churches across the country. Unlike the hard shining finish on ceramic floors, the smooth sheen of Bhandari Marble Group grew steadily popular in innumerable domestic and corporate spaces.
To honor its 100th year, the current display extends from Bhandari Marbles* archival finds to new products and avant-garde experiments, besides unveiling the Centenary Collection of Marble. “We understand every home is custom-designed according to its owner*s personality,” says Firdaus, explaining the availability, applications, permutations, and combinations of designs and materials such as micro cement and Turkish-inspired wall claddings that stand out as examples of “soft Brutalism” – tweaking a capsule-shaped architectural design for Indian interiors.
The possibilities are endless, the results cherished by multiple generations. Firdaus adds, “Bhandari Floorings creates the future, with one eye on its illustrious past at this exhibition. We want to showcase the history, but also the fact that we are not trapped in our past when we create a future for the company.”
About the Author
About the Author Hi, I am D.C. Bhandari, chairman of Bhandari Marble Group living in India, Rajasthan, Kishangarh. I love seeing the new and creative ways people use our Marble, Granite, and Natural Stone. Our customers are so creative. My favorite design style is a preppy traditional mix with modern especially pieces that can be found in a vintage or antique stone. I like to invent travel, search, and experiment with natural stone products. For more posts visit our website.
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