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Pakistani carpets

Important carpet producing areas in Pakistan.

Important places for the Pakistanian carpet manufacturing.
The manufacturing of carpets in Pakistan began in the same way as in India and when the country was separated from India most of the weavers, which were muslims, moved to the Pakistanian side. Most of them found jobs in Lahore and Karachi, and at the same time the government began to support the import of quality yarn.
 
In Pakistan, carpets are manufactured nowadays with fine Australian wool yarn making these carpets very similar to silk carpets. Carpets with a high knot density provides strong durability at a lower price than its Persian parallels.
 
The Pakistani carpets, which today are mass-produced (in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpind), are divided into Mori carpets and Persian where 90% of the Mori carpets have a Bochara-like pattern and other Turkmenistan patterns. Ziegler carpets, that are manufactured in Pakistan, have patterns that are copied from older traditions in the Arak district, Persia. Carpets are also being manufactured here that gathers inspiration from Caucasian carpets and are sold as "Kazak Fine".
 
Some examples of handmade carpets from Pakistan: 
 
Afghan Khal Mohammadi carpet ANI148
Afghan Khal Mohammadi 171x232
Kilim Afghan Old style carpet ABCS580
Kilim Afghan Old style 156x204
Afghan Natural carpet SEN1443
Afghan Natural 54x253
Pakistan Bokhara 2ply carpet NAS735
Pakistan Bokhara 2ply 220x311

The carpets are made of wool, often imported, of varied quality and the warp and weft are made of cotton. The Mori carpets are woven with a single warp while the others are woven with a double warp. The dominating colour on these carpets are red but other colours occur and the carpets are often treated to lustre.
 


A building in Bahawalpur.



The Badshai-mosque in Lahore.



The museum in Lahore, Pakistan.

Carpets from Pakistan are sold under different names such as Bahawalpur, Hyderabad, Karachi, Multan, Peshawar and Quetta just to mention a few.
 
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Hanknotted carpet from Pakistan with a Jaldar motif.
A Jaldar motif from Pakistan.