Indo carpets

India - a large supplier today of handmade carpets.

The art of manufacturing carpets was introduced in India, probably by the great mogul Akbar (1556-1605) which brought in Persian weavers together with skilled pattern artists mainly for producing carpets for his palace.

During the 16th, 17th and 18th century many fine carpets were woven here made of the finest sheep wool and silk, with Persian patterns. The quality sank during the 19th century and right up to the middle of the 20th century, except some smaller productions in the cities of Srinagar, Amritsar and Agra.

After Indias independence in 1947 the commercial manufacturing had a reawakening. Even if most of the weavers moved to Pakistan, they were up and running again thanks to the concentration on education of youths, men and women.

Some examples of Indo carpets:

Today the country is a very large exporter of cheap, handmade carpets which vary in quality and they are often made with classical Persian and Chinese patterns.

The famous Taj Mahal.
Tea plantation in India.
The palace in Hyderabad.

To tell the origin of an Indo carpet they often use a prefix; Indo Mir, Pakistan-Bochara and Indo Gabbeh which are very different from a Persian Gabbeh for example.

Other carpets from India are sold under the names of Amritsar, Bhadohi, Jaipur, Kashmir, Mirsapur and Srinagar.

The art of producing a carpet

We have visited one of our suppliers in India and followed the many steps required to produce a handmade carpet of high quality. It all resulted in a film where we follow behind the scenes and study production at close range whilst providing glimpses and insight into the people and scenery behind the making of them.

Some examples of Indo carpets with European design:

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