The literal meaning of the word Zenana is “of the women” or “pertaining to women”.
The Zenana are the inner apartments of a house in which the women of the family lived and was off-limits to men who were not members of the family.
The room was designed to replicate paradise -this is the theme of the Zenana room.
The Russian influence came from the idea to use the paintings of Russian artist Lev Basky which depict the glorious freedom of woman as opposed to the oppressed and incarcerated existences of women in the harem.
The Russian influence lead the selection of more sumptious textiles for the sitting room – velvets, and warm colours whilst the chiffon curtains in the bedroom refer to the Arab theme of 1001 Nights.
Zenana is composed of a spacious bedroom connected to a lounge with daybed and balcony facing the alleyway.