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Tibetan carpets

Tibetan carpets are very popular and are mainly produced in Nepal.

Todays Tibetan carpets are mainly manufactured in Nepal.
The name Tibetan carpets actually indicates that the handmade carpets are from Tibet, the worlds highest situated area, but it also means carpets handmade from the Tibetan fugitives living in Nepal.
 
In Tibet there is an ethnic group of nomads that wander between different pasture lands along with their sheep and goats and the sale of wool in this region is an important source of income.
There are great similarities with the Chinese patterns. The carpets are often small since they are mainly meant to be used in the homes and in the temples.
 


Mountain transportation on high heights.



Buddhist prayer wheels.



The temple of Jokhang in Lhasa, Tibet.

The manufacturing today of carpets from Nepal mainly consists of carpets with modern and western patterns in pastel colours. These carpets are labelled "Tibetan" to separate them from the countries different production areas. Carpets are also made on large government-owned weaving factorys for example in Lhasa who do their export through Beijing and these carpets are labelled as "Lhasas". 
 
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The wool used in Tibetan carpets is of high quality which makes them soft to walk on.