The Art Karat group of companies was founded by Kamal and Asha Modi in 1986 with a vision to create an alternate line of jewelry based on silver, with extraordinary designs and exceptional craftsmanship.
The company started as a small boutique in New Delhi, India employing just 2 craftsmen. It has grown rapidly in the last 20 years with more than 500 craftsmen at the company's workshops around India. The jewelry is sold out of exclusive stores in India and 150 exhibitions held annually in more than 70 cities worldwide.
The Art Karat Group has come a long way since 1986, it has expanded its operations across India, UK, Middle East and the USA, its product lines now include apparel for women designed by Ruchika Modi, gold and diamond jewelry by the name of Gold Karat, men's clothing under Art Karat Men and the recently launched media and event production house called Art Karat Entertainment.
The future seems bright and exciting for Art Karat. After successfully spreading its brand presence in the major metros of India through 15 exclusive stores, Art Karat will now open 5 more stores in tier two cities. The group will expand its operations to Canada in 2008 and also introduce its mail order catalog to UK & India this year.
Asha Kamal Modi
To envision the breathtaking view of a woman from head to toe in one's own creations, to do away with the conventional and passé styles and emerge with a distinct line of jewelry, to reflect a woman's inner most desires, to dream visual stunners which adorn a woman's body, such is the vision of ASHA KAMAL MODI, designer par excellence and the driving force behind the enchanting jewelry line 'Art Karat'.
Asha Kamal Modi launched her line in 1988, a time when the concept of designer jewelry was unheard in India, in face of acute cynicism she has carved a niche for herself as one of the most recognized jewelry designers of India. She draws her inspirations from the basic elements of nature together with the rich Indian heritage, studying its changing moods and traditions. Each of her designs is different in style, mood and craftsmanship, made to perfection by some of India's finest artisans.
Asha's creations cater to a wide canvas of both traditional and western tastes, blending majestically with whatever a woman wears. Asha has designed jewelry for more than 10 bollywood blockbusters some of which include movies like 'Devdas', Monsoon Wedding' and 'Kamasutra'. It is her deep-rooted sensitivity of being a woman and her exceptional creativity, which has made her a household name among the Indian affluent.
A trained gemologist, Asha has been felicitated for her talent with the President's award for design, the FICCI 2005 award and the prestigious Best Designer Accolade by the Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council, among many other recognitions.
Asha and her husband Kamal Modi reside in New Delhi with their two children Saket and Shivani who are also a part of the business, Saket manages Art Karat in the United States and Shivani designs for Gold Karat, the gold and diamond division of the group.