Iconography of Residential Gujarati Havelis of Patan

Socio-cultural environment has played a significant role in defining Gujarati residential houses of Patan. The carvings on these wooden houses are markers of the community’s lived past.

The carvings on wooden façade represent floral patterns, religious symbols, animals, plants and geometrical designs. These carved symbols allow people to understand their roots, community, caste and religious festivities. This walk will focus on the meaning of these symbols, their expressions and relation to society.

This guided tour is free.


Bhavesh Patel
Walk Leader
Bhavesh Patel has lived in Patan since his childhood and studied architecture and architectural conservation from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He has been serving historic building restoration process since eight years. Patel has also been teaching architecture students and practising historic core conservation and management projects. He is passionate about working for heritage structures and towards conserving cultural, natural and architectural heritage.