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To establish symmetry in the salon and dining room, he tented each space in a shamiana, or cloth canopy, which, he notes “helps settle a room with calm.” The hall, meanwhile, features large-scale panels in a tree-of-life motif modeled after historic textile documents. Sleights of hand continue back in the salon, where framed antique tiles from his travels across the Mediterranean and China hang on turquoise-blue walls, complemented by old kalamkari panels and seating from the D’Ascoli brand’s furniture collection. The room’s eclectic mix is his nod to Umberto Pasti and Stephan Janson’s Milan home, a cabinet of curiosities that left him spellbound during a stay. Peter also cites, as notable influences, encounters with Renzo Mongiardino and Madeleine Castaing, whose “ineffable styles” inspired his bedroom at Lal Kothi.

The front garden of Lal Kothi.

“Above all, the house tells the story of who we are as a family,” Peter smiles. “We are boisterous personalities and have a love of life, manifested in food, entertaining, and flamboyant decoration.” East of Eden Lal Kothi may be. But it is a small piece of paradise, indeed.

This Delhi farmhouse appears in AD’s November issue. Never miss an issue when you subscribe to AD.


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