Carpet for two please!

If you are the one who would prefer sitting on a rich carpet comfortably rather than on the chair, then we would invite you over for dinner and call it “Carpet for two please.” Carpets are known as ‘Galeecha’ in India and it has been a part of every household since the day they were being weaved. Earlier the riches were known by the detailing and designing of the huge floor carpets which instantly enhanced their lifestyle image among the masses, but now everyone owns it proudly.

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The history of Indian carpets entails that when Babur came to India, he was disappointed by lack of luxuries here. He missed the luxuries of Persia, which included the Persian carpet and thus Akbar laid the foundation of carpet weaving tradition in India, in 1580 AD at his palace in Agra. With their support he established carpet weavings centers at Agra, Delhi and Lahore to facilitate production of Persian style carpets, which were inspired by designs of Kirman, Kashan, Esfahan and Heart and so on, few of the styles that still prevail.

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Currently, the famous carpet weaving areas of India are: Kashmir, Agra, Delhi, Rajasthan and few parts of South India. Kashmir produces some of the finest and most attractive looking carpets in so many variable sizes along with made-to-order facility that it has been a centre of carpet fanatics all over the world. Agra and Delhi are equally in line with this established industry and manufacture some of the most beautiful carpets.

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Since the beginning, wool or silks have been the essential material of the knotted carpets. The wool may have a diversity of origins according to the type of carpet being made. Silk knots are also used in Kashmir region. The patterns of Indian carpets varied from vines and floral patterns, animal and bird figures and geometric and calligraphic patterns. Rugs from Akbar`s reign (1556-1605) used cotton warp and wool pile and a variety of color scheme had multiple shades of blues, greens, and other colors on a red and peach base. The patterns were a reworked copy of Persian style but later modified to Indian tastes.

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There has been a remarkable expansion of the carpet industry since the time it was introduced in our country because the Indian carpets are considered as the most technically skillful and classical craft. The carpet weavers throughout the history of India have grown artistically and are renowned for their exquisite designs, elegance, attractive colors and workmanship. The art has spread from Sri Nagar to all parts of India making it one of the most trusted sources of livelihood for these artisans. The beauty of the carpets is so intricate and ravishing that this complicated art is mesmerising for one.

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