or Cashmere to some has been described as “Firdous Ba
Roye Zamin Ast…:” “Heaven on earth …”.
This phrase was for the natural beauty of the region. It also
befits the handicrafts of this place. This site is dedicated
to bringing the best of Kashmir in carpets, shawls, silks, etc
to our esteem clients.
Not certain when the making of the first pile carpets
was starts in Kashmir, but credit goes to king Zan-ul-Abidin
( better known as ‘Budshah’ – the great king)
of 15th century. ‘Budshah’ brought carpet artisting
from Persia to Kashmir to train local inhabitants- Budshah also
introduced carpet wearing factories (Karkhanas). Thus the trade
started to flourish. Later, the Mughal emperors Jehangir and
Shah-e-Jehan (who built famous Taj Mahal) gave a boost to this
Ranbir Singh, in mid 18th century also provided an impetus to
the carpet industry both in quantity and quality. During this
region, an exhibition was organized at Capital Palace- London.
It was a great success. Western world realized the beauty and
appreciated the artistic work of local artisians. Many European
Companies established factories in the Kashmir Valley (Micheil
& Co., Eash india Co., C & M Hadow, etc. to name a few).
After many ups and downs, the carpet industry is now a well
organized and established facet of life in Kashmir Valley. Thousands
of people are associated with it. The products are unique and
no two designs are similar in character.
The industry has been basically a handloom based one with traditional
graphics and designing. But now many modern patterns and designs
are also available. The traditional designs are replicas of
ceilings of old monuments, palaces, panitings, photographs,
rugs and depiction of sufism. The designs are created in traditional
notation language called – ‘Taleem’.
This is a complete design of a carpet including knots per square
inch, colour scheme, pattern, weft lines and speed of weaving.
These designs are memorized by master craftsmen who chant these
in a sing–song way. Thus creating an ambiance for carpet
weaving with very local flavor. A lot of mathematics goes into
the design of this ‘Taleem’.
A software is also being locally developed for ‘Taleem’
by a local firm.