Navy-Blue Carpet from Kashmir with Knotted Flowers All-Over

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The charm of Kashmir lies in its taste for the halcyon days of the art- and pleasure-loving Mughal rulers, which finds expression, most of all, in its rugs. The looms of the valley churn out the inimitable Kashmiri rug, each a unique work of art. Fashioned from the best of homegrown cotton and silk, the one you see on this page is a fine specimen of the same.

A dense cotton foundation adds to the weight of this one-of-a-kind number. Every square inch of the surface is superimposed with knotted flower motifs made from superfine silk threads. The colour palette comprises of pale, unassuming pastels - blues, oranges, reds, and ochres. Zoom in on the same to appreciate the precision with which the embroidery has been done despite the scale.

A thick, inky blue hexagon runs across the field of the carpet. It is a luxuriant colour, one that will absorb you as you gaze at it upon lazy afternoons, seated thereon and fingering its ultra-soft fabric. Geometric-shaped motifs in a powdery tint of blue line the inner edge of the hexagon. This is more of a private chamber number, as opposed to the kind of rug you would choose for the drawing room.

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Item Code: SCA29
Specifications:
Pure Silk on Cotton
Dimensions 72 inch x 48 inch
324 Knots per Sq. Inch
Weight: 5.50 kg
Handmade
Handmade
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Shipped to 153 countries
Shipped to 153 countries
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More than 1M+ customers worldwide

From Fiber to Finery: Unveiling the Craftsmanship Behind Handmade Rug Creation

A carpet serves as a textile floor covering and can be seen in almost all Asian homes. European nations also are fascinated by their beauty and thus hand-knotted carpets are in great demand all over the world. A carpet typically consists of an upper layer of fabric and backing attached to it. Carpets can be made in any color by using dyed fibers. Different types of motifs and patterns are fabricated or embroidered on the fabric to beautify the floor. Indian craftsmen make carpets in such a way that every piece bears designs with attention to detail. Bright colors and high-quality fabric are used for their production.

Hand-knotted carpets are made using different types of techniques such as the Turkish knot (symmetrical), Persian knot (asymmetrical), Jufti Knot (tied around four warps instead of two), or Spanish knot (solo warp symmetrical). Common materials used in the making of the finest carpets are cotton, silk, wool, and jute.

1. Wool collection and processing

This is the step in the carpet-making process in which the best quality raw wool is imported or bought from the market. It is then cleaned and any unwanted particles are removed by washing it thoroughly. Now the clean wool is dried in the sun for two to three days.

2. Woolen yarn spinning

Spinning involves a process called carding which is either done on carding rollers run by hand or with the help of a carding brush. This wool is now spun into yarn by spinning it on a spinning wheel, also called a charkha. The thickness of the yarn depends on the type and quality of the carpet to be made.
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3. Dyeing yarn

After the yarn is obtained, it is then dyed into different colors as per the requirement. The dyed yarn is now allowed to be sun-dried for at least two days.

4. Designing

Designing a carpet is time-consuming and the most important step. The size, designs/patterns, and colors of the carpet contribute to the overall look of the carpet. The artisan first draws the design on paper and then copies it on graph paper.
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5. Weaving (Hand-knotting)

Weaving involves two important parts; weft (dyed yarn) and warp (reeled yarn). The warp yarn is loaded to the vertical loom and the graph paper containing the carpet sample design is put in front of the weaver. Each weft yarn is knotted to each warp yarn by hand. In this way, the whole carpet is weaved and the desired pattern is obtained.
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6. Washing

The carpet is now sent for washing multiple times with water and cleansing agents to remove dust and dirt from it.
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7. Clipping and Binding

Now any protruding knots and extra threads are cut off using scissors and clippers. Now the craftsmen ensure that all four sides of the carpet and weaves are locked by stitches so that the carpet remains intact and strong.
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8. Final washing and drying

The carpet is again washed and dried for the last time to make it appear absolutely neat and clean, ready to be put for sale.

Handmade carpets are often more expensive than those made by machines. It takes a minimum of six months to complete one carpet and this elaborate process involves around 20 - 25 artisans working at the same time.
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