Carpets and Dhurries

Rajasthani hand-woven cotton durries also called Panja durries, are known for their remarkable geometric patterns and colors. They not only command sizable markets in India, but also overseas.
Carpets and Dhurries  
The dhurrie, a simple rug that was once used as an underlay, has now become one of the state's best known weaving traditions. Weavers sit on looms in villages, creating an interesting blend of patterns- mostly geometric, sometimes floral- in an exciting combination of colours. Made from cotton yarn, in areas such as Bikaner and Jaisalmer, the camel-hair, woolen dhurrie too is available. Rugs are manufactured in areas around Tonk and Namdahs.
They have a variety of use depending on size, pattern and material. The smallest one is 12" by 12" and is used as base cover for telephone stands and flower vases. The ideal size for doing meditation is 24" by 24", known as aasan.
Dhurries used in large political or social gatherings may be as big as 20 feet by 20 feet. Dhurries are easily portable being light in weight and foldable. They come in variety of color combinations and patterns catering to the needs of any taste and occasion.
Dhurrries have a low maintenance cost as they do not get infected by Silverfish or other bugs responsible for destroying carpets. Dhurries can be used year 'round. The cotton dhurrie is warm in winters and cool in summers.
The exquisite Rajasthani carpets are a popular item of export today. Raja Man Singh I of Amer pioneered carpet manufacturing in Rajasthan. When he acquired several exquisite carpets from Heart (Afghanistan) for his palace, he also invited artisans from there to train the local workers. Eventually Jaipur, Bikaner and Amer became the prominent centres of carpet weaving.
The carpet industry of Jaipur further received a boost during the region of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. Jaipur is known for its quality carpets. The designs are mostly Persian and Caucasian. The motifs consists of human figures, flora, fauna, landscapes and geometrics.
Carpets first began to be manufactured in Rajasthan when weavers from Afghanistan were installed in the royal ateliers in the 17th century. Ever since, they have flourished here, with their exuberant colours and geometric motifs finding their way into showrooms around the world. Naturally they are available in the bazaars at a price far lower than they command in stores overseas.
Carpets and Dhurries  

Woolen Carpet

Wool carpet has an extensive history, beginning an estimated 8000 years ago with people first learning to shear sheep and goats and create weaving techniques from wool. Out of necessity for warmth and insulation, carpets were eventually born, excellent for keeping the feet warm and for warming up homes. A product as timeless as the wool carpet is also very timely, since many people prefer to have carpets today that are made out of 100% wool....more on Woolen Carpet