Inspired by the concept of ‘soft modernism’, Naveli is a pure woollen upholstery textile designed by Doshi Levien. 

Woven with both thick and thin yarn in different colours, the micro-check construction of Naveli is characterised by playful and delicate deviations. The crisp composition of the wool creates a contrast with the gently vibrant colours.

"Soft modernism was our starting point for the colour story. The juxtaposition of modernity with ancient architectural monuments and forts. The paintings of Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and photographs of Raghubir Singh. Crisp structured tailoring in muted colours. Sun faded architecture in southern summer skies. Matte colours in Indian miniature paintings. Colour as a material. The new optimistic identity of the pioneers of Indian modernism"

Nipa Doshi

There are two sides to Naveli’s colourways. The textiles woven with an ecru base are understated yet offer a graphic pattern, whereas the others are bolder in colour but with a more subtle pattern. This range suggests opportunities for combining Naveli in its different colours on a single piece of furniture, or across multiple surfaces within the same interior. 

In Hindi, Naveli means ‘fresh’, ’new’ and ‘clean’ – a sentiment that describes the pure composition of the textile. Naveli is a mono material textile with a reduced environmental impact. It is woven from locally sourced Worsted wool and does not incorporate synthetic fibres.