India

Rug weaving may have been introduced into the area as far back as the eleventh century with the coming of the first Muslim conquerors, the Ghaznavids and the Ghauris, from the West. It can with more certainty be traced to the beginning of the Mughal Dynasty in the early sixteenth century, when the last successor of Timur, Babar, extended his rule from Kabul to India to found the Mughal Empire. Under the patronage of the Mughals, Indian craftsmen adopted Persian techniques and designs. Rugs woven in the Punjab made use of motifs and decorative styles found in Mughal architecture.

Akbar, a Mogul emperor, is accredited to introducing the art of rug weaving to India during his reign. The Mughal emperors patronized Persian rugs for their royal courts and palaces. During this period, he brought Persian craftsmen from their homeland and established them in India. Initially, the rugs woven showed the classic Persian style of fine knotting. Gradually it blended with Indian art. Thus the rugs produced became typical of the Indian origin and gradually the industry began to diversify and spread all over the subcontinent.

During the Mughal period, the rugs made on the Indian subcontinent became so famous that demand for them spread abroad. These rugs had distinctive designs and boasted a high density of knots. Rugs made for the Mughal emperors, including Jahangir and Shah Jahan, were of the finest quality. Under Shah Jahan's reign, Mughal rugs weaving took on a new aesthetic and entered its classical phase.

The Indian rugs are well known for their designs with attention to detail and presentation of realistic attributes. The rug industry in India flourished more in its northern part with major centers found in Kashmir, Jaipur, Agra and Bhadohi.

Indian rugs are known for their high density of knotting. Hand-knotted rugs are a specialty and widely in demand in the West.

 
Oushak hand knotted wool area rug from india 8' x 10'

$4,000.00   $1,699.00

   
Transitional hand knotted wool area rug from India 8' 11" x 11' 10"

$7,800.00   $2,199.00

   
Oushak hand knotted wool area rug from India 9' 9" x 13' 9"

$9,000.00   $2,699.00

 
 
Transitional hand knotted wool area rug from India 7' 11" x 9' 11"

$4,400.00   $1,499.00

   
Transitional hand knotted wool area rug from India 7' 3" x 9' 9"

$3,800.00   $1,399.00

   
Painting hand knotted wool area rug from India 6' 7" x 9' 7"

$3,900.00   $1,199.00

 
 
Painting hand knotted wool area rug from India 6' 5" x 9' 7"

$3,900.00   $1,099.00

   
Painting hand knotted wool area rug from India 6' 5" x 8'

$3,500.00   $999.00

   
Oushak hand knotted wool area rug from India 8' x 9' 10"

$4,800.00   $1,699.00

 
 
Transitional hand knotted wool area rug from India 8' 11" x 12' 2"

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Transitional hand knotted wool area rug from India 8' 11" x 12' 6"

$7,800.00   $2,999.00

   
Transitional hand knotted wool area rug from India 9' x 12' 1"

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