The creation of carpets in India was probably introduced by Grand Mogol Akbar (1556–1605), who brought Persian artisans along with skilled artists for the realization of the motifs, to produce the carpets directly in his palace.
During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries many fine carpets were produced, with Persian motifs and using the most precious sheep's wool and silk. Unfortunately the quality dropped inexorably in the 19th century and until 1940, with the exception of a small production in the cities of Srinagar, Amritsar and Agra.
After India's independence in 1947, commercial carpet production returned to its peak. Although most of the artisans had moved to Pakistan, India was quick to resume production thanks to investments made on the training of young people, men and women.
Today the country is a major exporter of hand-studded cheap carpets of various qualities, which often reproduce classic Persian and Chinese motifs. Latest arrivals