Ravi Pankhania was born in Nairobi, Kenya, moving to Vancouver as a teenager with his family. Searching for an identity after this major adjustment, Ravi fell into sewing and immediately recognized his calling. Ravi went on to win multiple awards and scholarships to design school and has never stopped his study into fashion, patternmaking and textile arts always experimenting and innovating.
From inception in 2000, Ravi Design has become the vehicle for Ravi's radical cloth experiments for the home. His approach has always been driven by innovation and quality, choosing to approach soft furnishing from a couturier's perspective always learning and developing new methods along the way. While reinventing the time honored trade of curtain making and updating decades of traditional work, he has successfully introduced curtains into the sphere of the modern home, in effect creating soft living architecture for today's home.
"Curtains and soft furnishings are some of our primary connections to our surroundings and offer an increased sensual awareness within our lives. Softness and texture are such important parts of our daily experience and are often overlooked and in many cases altogether never explored. Curtains offer us an opportunity to not only decorate our homes, but to soften and create mood and filter light and add privacy. They serve as a soft transition between our intimate spaces and the world outside."
Ravi has been involved in the design industry for 20 years, and is a celebrated instructor at the Custom Sewing Institute in Houston, Texas where he lectures and has taught hundreds of other professional curtain makers many of his time-honored skills and how to incorporate his methods into their work. For the past three years Ravi has been studying the filtering, fracturing and occlusion of light through alternative methods of cutting and construction of curtains and soft treatments, many of which can be seen on our website.