Carpets & Namdas
Unlike the legendary Aladdin's Carpet, the carpets from Kashmir do not soar high in the air but they definitely take the beholder to an era bygone. Handcrafted carpets are truly a pride of an Indian home and are increasingly becoming popular worldwide. Though carpet weaving arrived in India with the Mughals, the craft flourished and evolved in Kashmir and today, Kashmir has become the hub for high quality Traditional Indian Carpets & Rugs. The designs have been inspired by the Persian style but they beautifully display an exclusive Indian charm.
The carpets from Kashmir are known for the intricate and delicate handwork done on them. Besides, they are world famous for two things - firstly, they are hand made and secondly, they are always knotted, never tufted. The knotting of the carpet is one of the most important aspects that determine its durability and value, in addition to its design. The more knots per square inch, the greater its value and durability. The colours of Kashmiri carpets are subtler than muted; the yarn (either: silk, wool or a combination of both) is dyed using vegetable colors.
Various types of carpets-
- Handknotted Woollen Carpets
Bright glowing colors, hand-knotting technique allowing high number of knots per square inch and exquisite design sense have made Indian Hand knotted woolen carpets a cherished products in a home decor apart from the fact that they spread warmth.
- Tufted Woollen Carpets
Tufted carpets have created affability in color, design and texture. The tufted woolen carpets are made using special needles called the tufting guns. They may be hand tufted or machine tufted. A good quality woven fabric is required as a base.
- GABBE Woollen Carpets
Hand-knotted Gabbe Woolen Carpets portray a unique tradition of Tribal Design. The continuity of superb artistic tradition of Tribals have made these carpets a product of a living and thriving art.
- Handmade Woollen Dhurries
Woolen Dhurries are one of the least expensive yet very elegant 'Hand-Woven Flat Floor-Coverings'. Dhurries are just perfect to use anywhere: in a room, in a formal setting, or casually in a balcony echoing its democratic antecedents.
- Pure Silk Carpets
Our silk carpets are very competitively priced and available at reasonable rates. Exquisitely designed with attractive colors, they provide aesthetic beauty. Kashmiri silk carpets hold a special place in the arena. They are made in the Persian style and are known for their intricate patterns.
- Staple/Synthetic Carpets
Staple/Synthetic carpets are synthetic hand knotted carpets with a feel of silk. These finely knotted carpets (256 knots per square inch) imbibe all the aesthetic characteristics of classical and contemporary designs and colors.
- Chainstitch Rugs
Decorative handmade embroided floor coverings or Chain stitch Rugs are made of wool or Silk yarn and cotton yarn. Intricate needlework by creating a variety of traditional and modern designs and colors in these rugs reflects a fine craftsmanship of the worker.
We present a unique collection of hand woven kashmiri carpets from India and would be more than happy to cater you according to your specific requirements.
NAMDAS - an inexpensive item of décor from Kashmir
The ancient art of felting wool into namdas came from Yarkand. Namdas are a kind of mattress, originally from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. These are made by felting the wool rather than weaving it. Low quality wool mixed with a small quantity of cotton is used to manufacture namdas. Chain stitch embroidery in woolen and cotton thread is worked on these rugs.
Types of namdas
Namdas are usually of two types, plain and embroidered. Formerly, woolen yarn was used for embroidery, but now acrylic yarn (cashmelon) is in use. Namdas and gabbas are embroidered with thread, which gives color, beauty and strength to them. This cottage industry is concentrated in Anantnag, Rainawari and Baramula regions of Kashmir.
Factors determining the pricing of namdas
Prices of Namdas depend upon their quality of wool, pattern (plain or embroidery), size of the product and the neatness in designs. Far less expensive are these colorful floor coverings made from woolen and cotton fiber, which has been manually pressed into shape. Prices vary with the percentage of wool- a Namda containing 80% wool being more expensive than one containing 20% wool.
Namdas are available is a wide spectrum of designs and colours at unbelievable prices. Place an order or request for more details, our customer care personnel shall respond to your queries, promptly.