The story of Ram Ceramics (1980s to now), parallels the city’s own: a transformation from sleepy to sexy, horizontal to vertical, shaky to work-in-progress.
30 years ago, a small shop run by PC Prakash, Ram Ceramics is now a two-storey establishment that tiles practically every hip restaurant, vertiginous building and budding boutique hotel in town. We strolled in last week following a tile hunt for our apartment, one that began after spotting the Renaissance-like blue tiles at Brik Oven.
At Ram Ceramics we found Junior Prakash or Siddharth, who took over the business from his late father and clearly inherited the #IHaveThisThingWithFloors gene. He talks about tiles as the corner stone of everything and through a quick 30 year recap, establishes how his family contributed to making Bangalore the lean, (za)mean city it is today.
Ram Ceramics has worked on projects like the St. Mark’s Hotel and the Citrus Hotel on Cunningham Road; with mega builders like Brigade and Mittal and Mantri builders; and most recently, on the upcoming Kingfisher Towers on Vittal Mallya Road.
“Back in the 1980s, there were only six tile designs manufactured in Bangalore, and so builders and architects sourced their requirements from elsewhere. My father began working on a wider range of in-house tiles, thus becoming a solution for many architectural needs,” says Siddharth.
Ram Ceramics has worked on projects like the St. Mark’s Hotel and the Citrus Hotel on Cunningham Road; with mega builders like Brigade and Mittal and Mantri builders; and most recently, on the upcoming Kingfisher Towers on Vittal Mallya Road. “Each of the apartments will go for Rs 30 crores each,” Siddharth beams to us. Alright people, let’s stay grounded.
The Tile High Cub
On a smaller scale, Ram Ceramics is also where your interior designer should be going, to source tiles for your home that look like the floor of an old Bombay library, the azure pool you swam in at Bodrum, a café you drank beer at in Prague, and the checkered tiles from a Jodhpur palace.
You can always go over to Ram Ceramics for tea and tales with Siddharth, or for a live catalogue, grab a pizza at Brik Oven, or get a drink at Hangover, where the bar counter is tiled by them. Don’t do too many shots here, though, because Ram Ceramics doesn’t have the floor covered.
Getting there:Ram Ceramics, 63, St Mark’s Road, call 22212330, visit ramceramics.com.
Wake up to daily updates on what to eat/shop/do in your city