Which style of furnishing is the most popular in Pakistan?
The Victorian style with lots of ornamentation, dark wood with
engraved decorations and richly decorated fabrics, remains very much
in demand. It is the style in which the British decorated their homes
during the time of the colonisation of the Indies. For many Pakistanis,
that style is still a symbol of luxury, wealth and prosperity. That may
explain its success. Really rich Pakistanis like to go all the way, with
lots of glitter and glamour. I myself love a totally different style. I am
more of a collector of furniture. My interior grows along with my life.
All furniture you see here has a story. I also collaborate with several
Belgian suppliers. In Belgium, soft tones such as beige, sandy colours
and taupe are particularly popular. That sophisticated style also
appeals to me.
Who are your clients?
My customers frequently coincide with those people Porsche markets
to. Those who can afford a Porsche can usually also spend money on
a more expensive interior and vice versa. I am in a high-end market
segment and aim for a clientele that can afford to spend money. The
majority of my customers live in Pakistan. We have showrooms in
Lahore and Islamabad and will soon start with a branch in Karachi.
Punjab is the most prosperous province of Pakistan, so it is normal for
most commercial activities to take place here.
Alongside Porsche, you also have another passion...
Yes, that is true: polo. I am an ardent polo player. That usually surprises
people. They think that polo is a tough, rough sport and cannot imagine
how I fit into that world, because I am quite quiet and calm by nature.
But they are mistaken. Polo has nothing to do with aggression. On the
contrary, it is all about control. I have only been playing since 2011.
My brother had been playing for some time and asked me at a certain
time to come and watch a game. I went to it, saw what the players
were doing and thought: I can do that too. I started training and after
six months I started competing. Then I said to my brother: now I will
aim for the national championship. He laughed at that, because the
national championship is something that normally is not accessible to
mere mortals, but I persevered. In 2012, I played my first game and in
March 2017 my team and I won the national championship. A success-
ful five-year plan. (laughs)
Congratulations. You must have the right genes.
Yes, apparently. But, of course, it is not just down to talent. I have
also trained hard and long. And in polo, it is not only the skills of the
player which are important, but also those of the horses. In fact, the
horse plays 70% of the game. A good polo pony can be compared to a
Porsche 918 Spyder: powerful, fast, temperamental and with incredi-
ble responsiveness. As far as the latter is concerned, every car - even a
Porsche - will lose out to a polo pony. These horses concentrate exclu-
sively on the ball and often anticipate the opponent's movement in a
flash of a second. As a rider, it is important that you respond perfectly