D. Karmali & Co. was set up in 1917 to hire furniture for weddings. The proprietor Mr. D. Karmali made a humble beginning with limited capital but unlimited enthusiasm to become a pioneer in the field of set designing and decoration. His experience and foresight into the vast untapped potential of wedding decoration led to the set-up of an establishment which is synonymous with quality, service and efficiency. The company has been the training ground for many entrepreneurs in the mandap and decoration industry today.
Over a period of time, the reigns of this illustrious company came into the hands of his son N. D. Karmali under whose guidance, the company continued to grow. Luminaries like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and The Aga Khan have testified to the quality and service provided by the company. Government contracts, staging and setting for musical nights, etc. were managed professionally. Contracts from reputed business houses also started pouring in.
The company also diversified out into areas of set designing for fashion shows and award functions. Thanks to Mr. N. D. Karmali, wedding hosting has become an industry by itself. Even today he is fondly remembered in the field of Mandap decoration.
With the passage of time the mantle of managing this illustrious company fell in the hands of his dynamic daughter Mrs. Almas Chaiwala, who is a definition of dedication, professionalism and contemporary approach. Her sons Imran and Faheem backed by a competent team are her pillars of support.