These Havelis are prominently decorated with depictions of mythological stories and figures, everyday life in Rajasthan and Indian folklore. They also showcase an intriguing architecture style inherited from The Rajputs.
After the British occupation of India, like other Indian cities, Mandawa also experienced an exotic multicultural flare. As a result, some of the Havelis have paintings that blend Eastern and Western cultures. Merchants were inspired to depict the western lifestyle, and you can spot gramophones or cars painted on the walls.
To paint the Havelis, artist would traditionally apply layers of colors on wet lime plaster. The dye and plaster were then allowed to dry before creating patterns on them. Initially, earth colors were used for frescos. These were made of pulverized minerals and stone – lime (white), ramraj (yellow), hirmiz (red), brown, terraverte (green) or indigo. Later, vegetable dyes and imported synthetic colors were used to make the frescos more vibrant.