Multi-colour welding rods

Square Foot - Tarkett have launched the Optima multi-colour welding rods, an innovative solution that has been created to perfectly blend in with the iQ Optima and iQ granit range of products. The Optima multi colour welding rods enable joints to appear almost seamless, which ultimately adds to the overall flooring appearance. For every colour reference in the iQ Optima and iQ Granit flooring ranges, there is a colour and pattern-coordinated welding rod, so the look will always be perfect.

The welding rod’s superior matching ability is based on contrasting particles that are coordinated with the flooring’s accent colour and the design thereby making it a natural choice for any commercial application. It can also be particularly used for the high-traffic and demanding worlds of healthcare, education, offices and retail. Hence, the optima multi-colour welding rods can be used for residential, educational as well as commercial purposes.

The Optima range is long lasting, yet gives a Perfect finish – year after year. The unique and superior characteristics of iQ floorings make it possible to have a flooring installation that will look like new for many years to come. Now it is also possible to give it a perfect finish, with a high-class look that lifts the whole interior.

The new, multi-colour welding rods complete Tarkett’s offer of Intelligent Flooring Solutions.

Hyderabad palace now luxury hotel

A historic 19th century palace in Hyderabad has been fully renovated and opened recently as a new luxury hotel.  The Falaknuma Palace, which has been leased by the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces of the Tata Group, is now operated as the five-star Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel. The palace, designed by architect William Ward Marret, has 220 rooms and 22 halls. It  reflects a rare blend of Tudor and Italian architecture and was built entirely of Italian marble.  The main building is located at the centre, with two wings spread out on the northern side.  The palace entrance exhibits some old artillery models and ornate fountains. The first phase of the renovation preserves the inherent history of the palace, with a magnificent 101-seat dining room and the original Nizam Suite.  The heritage hotel also retains the palace’s Japanese, Rajasthani and Mughal gardens created by the Nizam.

The hotel houses 40 large Venetian chandeliers in the halls.  The stained glass windows of the palace allow a spectrum of colours into the interiors. A feature of the main building is the marble cantilevered staircase leading to the upper floor. The first phase of the refurbishment for 60 suites and guest rooms was completed under the supervision of Princess Ezra, wife of the last Nizam, Mukarram Jah.  Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, of Seattle, USA, were contracted for the interior design, architectural aspects of  back-of-house areas, and the guest rooms. The former royal family and state rooms serve the heritage hotel as suites and guest rooms.

The banquet and recreational facilities include the 101-seat dining hall, two restaurants, the Durbar Hall, the Jade Room, a 17-seat Board Room with the latest communication equipment, assorted gardens and terraces, an outdoor pool, and catering services. Besides the Falaknuma Palace Hotel, there are three other Taj Group hotels in Hyderabad: the Taj Banjara, Taj Krishna and Taj Deccan.

Achal Narayanan

Prestige’s new townscape

The latest feather in the Prestige cap is the recently launched Prestige Shantiniketan which is a self-contained townscape placed in one of the most envied areas in the Bangalore city - Whitefield. Filled with 105 acres of fresh, green spaces, it has an expansive residential precinct, the Business Centre to the Forum Mall,  a  convention centre, a five star hotel and a five-screen multiplex.