Indian & Pakastani Rugs

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During the 16th, 17th and 18th century many fine carpets were woven in India and were 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. 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. 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.

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.

Kashmir is a region in India where art silk rugs are produced often based on Persian designs such as Kashan and Ardebil.


Click here for a listing of our Indian/Pakastani rugs.