Indian Rugs

 

Indian Rugs


 
Indian rugs are either hand-tied from Punjab province or are Numdahs, which are smaller and made from felted goat hair and hand embroidered with the "tree of life" or floral or vine-like patterns. Druggets, are simpler and more colorfully designed and are  made from the fleece of white-haired sheep. Woven carpet has never been an age-old tradition in India due in large part to the very warm climate of the region. It wasn't until sometime around the latter part of the 16th century that they were introduced by way of importation by the ruling dynasty at that time. The very first pieces were commissioned by the royal court and displayed proudly in their palaces.

Indian rugs closely resemble the Persian style in design and coloration. Designs frequently include elaborate floral scenes with occasional pictorials involving people or animals tastefully displayed. Artisans use vegetable dyes for achieving a unique palette of colors such as greens, yellows, blues and pinks as well as a typically dominate reddish color used primarily for the field color. Attention to detail and realistic design interpretation truly set these apart from other imported carpets.

They are typically made of wool woven in a cotton foundation. In a more valuable piece, you might find actual silk was used in both the foundation and the pile. Whether showing a distinct Persian influence or original cultural adaptation and presentation, you can proudly display these works of handcrafted art that effectively capture and preserve the heritage and history of India.

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