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Carpet weaving in the Indian subcontinent may date from the eleventh century with the first Muslim conquerors from the West and certainly from the early fifteenth century with the extension of Muslim rule from Kabul to India to establish the Mughal Empire. The emperors acquired Persian carpets for their royal courts and palaces and brought Persian carpet craftsmen to India. Under Mughal patronage Indian craftsmen adopted Persian techniques and designs, making use of decorative motifs and styles of Mughal architecture.
Initially displaying the classic Persian style, the carpets gradually blended with Indian art. During the Mughal period, Indian carpets became so admired for their distinctive designs and high density of woven knots that demand for them spread abroad. The Indian carpet industry flourished best in the north with major centers in Agra, Bhadohi, Kashmir, and Jaipur.
Today the industry glows with glory in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. Carpet export volumes continue to rise steeply, making India the world export leader with the largest global market share. Indian carpets are famous worldwide for magnificent designs and intricate workmanship. The Indian carpet industry has great potential for further growth.
Some typical area rug types from India are the Bijar with its fine weave on an antique design of woolen pile on a cotton foundation; the Herez, most typically of medallion design, also wool on cotton at 135 knots per square inch; the Mahal, an overall flower-head design, wool on cotton at 85 knots per square inch; and the Tabriz, an overall animal design, wool on cotton at 130 knots per square inch.
Agra rugs use the Persian or asymmetrical knot woven very densely with up to 2000 knots per square inch in some very fine silk carpets. They show the influence of their Persian heritage but with a design vitality that sets them apart. Agra rugs use soft colors in yellow, saffron, beige, or light green fields, but artisan skills with vegetable dyes are also evident in unusual lavender, rose, and gold colors.
Medallion Rug Gallery offers all of these exquisitely made rugs at prices as much as 70 percent under ordinary retail. Customers can evaluate each rug in their homes at no obligation and have a lifetime exchange guarantee on every purchase. Medallion is truly one of the most trusted resources for rug enthusiasts.