The latest addition to our collections is the Baoli collection. Inspired by another traditional architectural element, the Stepwells of India, and the concept of running, trickling water.
The first engineered stepwells, date from ca 600CE in Gujarat. Stepwells, or Baoli, served other purposes than the provision of water alone. Descending down the Baoli for devotion, ritual purification and prayer, the daily use of water in their ceremonies and rituals.. Many stepwells were built near temples and mosques.
Descending down a Baoli is an almost spiritual sensation… Sweltering heat turns to an enveloping cool, and the noise above ground becomes hushed. Views telescope into indefinite space, constantly shifting, and one can tell neither the depth nor the length of the structure. Like an optical illusion.