Photography by: Nanki Nath, NID Project, November 2007
buildings are made not of dressed stone, but of rubble, which had to be rendered/ painted (to protect it from light, rains and storms). Geru imitates the colour of region’s sandstone, mostly used notably in the Mughal imperial cities like Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, as Jai Singh established his capital as an lternative power base to the Mughal authority, the design ad to accomplish this ambition. Thus, the colour wash completes the illusion and meaningfully eludes “imperial” look.
Stone here used to complements the colour wash.
Material used: Quartzite stone (imported from stone quarries in Jodhpur)
The colour is very mixed, but has a faint pinkish hue. Jaipur actually didn’t have the best quarries of both sandstone/marble, these areas were then controlled by Jodhpur due to their scarce availability in Jaipur. The use of rubble from the adjacent hills facilitated the building process by reducing the transportation costs, and the necessary application of cosmetic plaster was possible.