This collection was inspired by the moralistic fables of the Panchatantra, specifically, ‘The Tiger, The Brahmin and The Jackal’, ‘The Bird Pair and The Sea’, and ‘How the Rabbits Fooled the Elephant’. The India Company School paintings were a great influence, particularly works by The Fraser Brothers and Ustad Mansur. The Padshahnama manuscript and the Gazi Scroll are also referenced, alongside Mughal miniatures and the Shah Jahan Album. Shah Jahan was Emperor from 1628-1658, and commissioned some of India’s finest architecture, including the Taj Mahal and The Red Fort. His preferred combination of white marble and red sandstone is referenced in this collection, alongside the impressive Pietra Dura (marble inlay) displayed in his buildings. Shah Jahan also amassed a collection of impressive objects, including his famous wine cup and a range of beautiful jewels. Ancient Indian block-printing and repeat floral motifs were also a great inspiration
Gar firdaus bar ru e zameen ast/ Hamin ast-o, hamin ast-o, hamin ast (If there is a paradise on earth/ It is this, it is this, it is this) Amir Khusrau - Inscription featured in the arches of the Diwan-e-Khas at The Red Fort.