Carpet Weaving of Uttar Pradesh

Carpet Weaving of Uttar Pradesh

This state is one of the main centres of carpet-weaving in the country. The important towns are are Mirzapur, Badohi, and Khamaria, along with about 500 villages in and around this area. During British rule, growing demand from outside the country led to a growth in the carpet industry. Finer weave in carpets is obtained by using twisted cotton thread. Jute twine is used for rougher qualities. The carpets are of a medium quality with about 60 knots per square inch. Graphs are used to guide the tying of the knots and the proper usage of colours. Traditional Oriental carpets are not produced very commonly; Aubusson and Savonneric carpets are very popular as exports and are produced very widely. Agra is a traditional centre for carpet-weaving since the Mughal days. Traditional and new designs are found here. Master weavers guide the other weavers in the process of weaving. Cotton and woollen carpets are made in Shahjehanpur. The woollen carpets are in three sizes and the designs are Persian.

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