Home is Where the Art Is

The Gir home is filled with custom-made artisan treasures from around the world.



The intricately carved columns are just a hint of the marvelous hand-crafted details to be found inside the Germantown home of Dr. Srikant and Ruta Gir.

photography by Amie Vanderford

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Tucked away in the gated Nottoway subdivision near Poplar and Kirby, the home of Dr. Srikant and Ruta Gir is more than just a house. It is an ever-evolving work of art, the detailing of which is a product of extensive planning. And with the help of artisans here in Memphis and around the world, the Girs’ splendid home is first and foremost a tribute to spectacular craftsmanship.

Approaching the house, visitors note that a floral, hand-carved sandstone frame borders the front entrance, giving them a small taste of the meticulously designed and handcrafted elements that await them inside the Gir home.

Inside, one-of-a-kind, custom-made furniture sets the scene, and unique features throughout give life to their traditional-meets-contemporary look.

“I wanted to do more than just build a house,” Srikant says. “I wanted it to look like a piece of art.”

Both Girs were born in India: Ruta in Bombay, and her husband Srikant in Hyderabad, where his home-as-art inspiration was clearly formed. Srikant grew up at his grandfather’s estate, an early 1900s-era architectural wonder, which as he recalls had 30-foot ceilings, elaborate mosaic tile work, a fountain, and several European chandeliers. Adorned with pillars and packed with architectural detail, the home has forever held a special place in his heart. “That really motivated me to bring those kind of things into this house,” Srikant says.

And that he did. Custom-made in Hong Kong, the chandeliers that ornament the ceilings are replicas of those that hung in his grandfather’s home. His mother’s silken wedding sari, handmade with silver and gold thread, hangs framed on one of the walls. Traditional Indian images appear in paintings and decor throughout the home.

But the influence didn’t stop in India. “I wanted to bring a piece of home here, yes, but I also wanted to bring elements of our travels,” Srikant says. “We’ve traveled extensively to Europe and Southeast Asia for business, and we were able to incorporate art and culture from different parts of the world.”

Dr. Srikant Gir and his wife, Ruta.

 

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