Indian Rugs

Indian Loom Gabbeh (left) and cashmere silk rug (right)

Type Oriental Rugs
Location India
Typical Knot Density 90.000 - 450.000 knots / sqm
Characteristics Based on Persian rugs

India has had its own rug production for several centuries. Rug weavers from Persia were brought to India and made the first Indian carpets there. Nowadays there is a large production of hand-knotted carpets in India, which is inferior in quality to that of Iran, but more affordable.

Often patterns of Persian origin are copied. Indian cashmere carpets, for example, which are knotted from high-quality natural silk and are at the same time much more affordable than Persian silk carpets, are enjoying growing popularity. Some Chinese designs can also be found in Indian knotting. For example, the Indian Gabbeh is based on the design of the well-known Gabbeh-rugs from Iran. Even if the carpet production in India has flattened out again in the meantime, Agra or Amritsar are still well-known places for carpet knotting in the north of the country.

Further Examples

These rugs have been provided from an assortment of over 2.400 Indian carpets by Nain Trading from Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany is still the most important hub for the trade of oriental rugs in the Western World with Nain Trading offering one of the largest assortments of handmade oriental carpets worldwide.

Impressions from India

The golden temple Amritsar in India The world famous Taj Mahal at sunrise from the Jamuna River

Location - where do Indian rugs come from?

Most carpets come from New Delhi and Amritsar.

Main Regions

Persian Rugs
Probably the best known and highest quality carpets from the Orient. Nain, Isfahan or Tabriz are only some of the famous regions...
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Afghan Rugs
The country has a long tradition of rug knotting. Among the most famous are the Kahl Mohammadi rugs...
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Pakistani Rugs
Pakistani Bukhara rugs made of strikingly shiny wool are one of the highlights of this country...
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Baluch Rugs
A region that extends over parts of Iran and Afghanistan and is populated by nomads...
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Turkaman Rugs
Mostly warm and dark red shades in a simple design and of a somewhat coarser design...
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Caucasus Rugs
Carpets from the area of the Caucasus mountains mostly in stronger colours...
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Indian Rugs
Centuries-long tradition of carpet knotting, which is still widespread today...
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Chinese Rugs
They stand out clearly from other oriental carpets due to their old Chinese patterns and designs...
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