India is known for her diversifying cultures, religions, traditions, customs, heritage, languages and festivals. India’s art and craft therefore holds multiple hues and shades of the diverse nature of the country and it’s people.
One of the best known in the world, Indian arts however is struggling to stay afloat. The artisans have to compete against machine-made goods. The government, artists, art lovers and patrons are making efforts to revive the dying arts through fairs and festivals.
The Kashmir rug or carpet is one of the most famed and recognized arts of India. The hand-knotted oriental rug is hand-made and involves intense labor. Carpet weaving is a skill that is passed from generation to generation by the rug weavers of Kashmir.These rugs or carpets have intricate designs, floral patterns and motifs in a range of colors and sizes.
The Kashmir rug is mostly made from pure wool or pure silk. Sometimes, it is also made from a blend of wool and silk. The rugs in oriental and floral designs typically signify the culturally important motifs such as the chinar tree, paisley and tree of life. Most of these designs are rooted in the Kashmiri way of life.
The ethos of Kashmir culture is often represented in the motifs in the rug. The Kashmir rugs and carpets are a symbolic representation of the age-old Kashmir tradition of warmth, hospitality and love.
The indigenous brilliance of the local craftsmen has made the Kashmiri rug or carpet one of the most sought-after works of art in the world. According to Kashmir folklore, no home is complete without it’s soul, the Kashmiri rug.