An Aristocratic Haven

State Minority President, Official Spokesperson and State General Secretary of the YSR Congress Party, Mateen Mujaddady is the proud owner of a palatial villa located in the Moinabad section of the city. He purchased this house three years ago, and has been residing in it with his family ever since. You & I chats with Mateen to find out more about his absolutely stunning home!

Mateen lives with his wife, Seema Mujaddady, along with his daughter (Dr Nida), sons (Dr Maveen, Dr Mahaseen, and Umar), daughter-in-law (Shireen Khanam), and grandchildren (Maryam and Mariya). The Mujaddady Villa, as they call it, is a ground plus first floor residential house with six bedrooms. The beautiful décor and theme are inspired by Spanish aristocratic villas, and have traditional royal interiors – neutral beige with a touch of classic gold. The flooring throughout the home includes Italian marble, granite, wood, and vitrified tiles. The old antique carved furniture – coated with gold – features a customised family logo. “The inspiration behind the look of this house is an old ancestral haveli that we had,” says Mateen.

The artifacts that enhance the beauty of this palatial villa have been handpicked from all around the world. Some are more than 100 years old. The Mujaddady Villa also housesantique handcrafted crystals from across the globe. “We have 90-year-old signature carpets from Isfahan and Kashan in Persia made between 1900-1930 by master weavers of the royal workshop,” he says. “We also have antique ceremonial swords and 100-year-old licensed ancestral trophies of a tiger, leopard, bison, Asiatic water buffalo and many more.” The home has antique chandeliers from the Jaipur Palace, a 100-year-old Grundig radiogram and gramophone, unique paintings, a 24-carat liquid gold painted floor lamp, a rug made of fine wool with silk highlights, and beautiful wood-carved mirrors.

The villa’s entrance is captivating, with a long driveway bordered with date palms on both sides. Fountains and rose beds enhance the beauty of the home’s sprawling entrance. The entrance door of the house has stained glass with the family logo on it. The foyer at the main door has a stunning fountain, which leads to two living rooms that are each a massive 1,500 square foot. An antique grandfather clock and fireplace are placed aesthetically in the corner of the room. Sheer curtains match the upholstery, enhancing the beauty of the room and adding a touch of elegance.

Venturing further, the foyer has hanging silk carpets and carved console tables with mirrors. This leads to the royal 24-foot (height) double-ceiling dining hall, which houses a 24-seater gold-plated, hand-carved dining table and dinner wagon. The ceiling and walls here are designed in intricate gold and woodwork. The walls of the dining hall are decorated tastefully with antique wall plates and a console table beneath it. Adding to this majestic space is the 12-foot, 36-light rare chandelier, which has a royal charm of its own.

The dining hall overlooks the swimming pool on one side and the snooker room on the other, which has wooden flooring and a crafted wooden railing. Silver-plated Victorian furniture with grey upholstery is featured in the master bedroom. Artisans from Udaipur were hired to achieve this look. The traditional, royal look here comes from the silver mirror, vases, lamps, chandelier, paintings and the silver grey curtains. The walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom leads to the family room, which is tastefully decorated with family pictures and leather sofas.

Speaking about his favourite spot in the entire house, Mateen admits, “It has to be the verandah, with its view of the lush green lawns with antique furniture punctuated by pillars that accentuate its openness, the fire pit, the fountains, the flower beds and the swimming pool!”      - as told to Zainab