What color is your carpet?

#31 Aug 14th, 2014, 14:45
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Carpets do ship internationally from India. However, mysore is not known for pile-carpets at all. It would be a flat-weave or a dhurrie in that area. Carpet weaving in India is limited to two distinct schools - the hills (clusters in Himachal, Garhwal, Darjeeling and also Tibetan migrants in many settlements) and the second is the offshoot of Persian carpet weaving tradition that came to India with the Mughals and various clusters operate in Kashmir, Delhi, Mirzapur-Bhadoi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi etc.

The rest of the country had a flatweave or dhurrie tradition that pre-dates this carpet weaving brought about by Mughals. Notably distinct patterns are found in Gujarat (Bhuj), South Rajasthan (Ranakpur), Maharashtra, MP (dhar), Andhra (Machilipatnam). The last one is an interesting amalgamation of Persian designs block-printed over flatweaves.

If what you saw was indeed resembling a Persian carpet, it may be from Hunsur (that has zero mentions as far as active operations go) and enjoyed the patronage of mysore court! Do you have any photos at all? It'd be a treat to see that. Was it a government or cooperative shop? On the other hand, there are tibetan settlements at Bylakuppe, Hunsur and Kollegal and if it was a tibetan carpet, then chances are, they have the export angle worked out (in Himachal, Norbulingka offers this facility).


ETA: After much debate with myself, I've ended up merging an old thread with good info on carpet buying (please see posts from first two pages)
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Thanks for the reply Vaibhav. Unfortunately I don't have any photos as this was at the end of our trip and I was not interested at the time. I was a bit annoyed with our driver who had taken us to this shop, it wasn't a government shop I am sure, he was to get a shirt if we sat through the sales pitch which we did, but I didn't see any shirt when we left. The carpets looked and felt like a mixture of silk and something else (I am sure they told us) and were very soft. The salesman assured me they were an investment and got 'better with age'. I wish I had taken more notice of everything now. I am planning to return in Jan 2015 and will go and take more notice this time. I am sure the salesman said they were locally made and some pieces took 6-12 weeks. Zamba.
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Originally Posted by zamba View Post The salesman assured me they were an investment and got 'better with age'.
That's very typical carpet salesman's pitch. Most rugs will never give you more than what you paid for them simply because there're so many other older rugs going around! It's also hard to identify (for a novice like me certainly) what is a genuine antique. If peakxv looks at this, he can drop some techno-bombs about kpsi.

Some words of caution : Too soft can also be loosely woven (which is a disaster as the carpet's not very hardwearing). I've bought exactly one piece after three years of meeting Afghan sellers. I think Tibetan sellers may be more trustworthy as some of them make it. The afghan sellers who come to India are only middlemen. And on the spot, from the factory is the best way to buy!

It has to be an appealing design above all and should make you happy when you look at it. That's why I bought mine. Also, after I wake up, my bare feet land first on that carpet and I love the feeling of the carded wool underneath.
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Originally Posted by zamba View Post On my recent trip I was taken unknowingly at first to a carpet shop and I was fascinated by the colours and the time it must take to make these carpets. The shop was in Mysore and on my next trip I would consider buying a hall runner and one for my theatre room. Has anyone bought one and had it sent home successfully? The guy showed me 'testimonials' from people in Australia, (he worked out where we were from) telling all and sundry how happy they were. How it was to work was, pay for the carpet, have it handmade, they would package it and send it to your address. Any thoughts? Zamba.
You probably got taken to a Kashmiri carpet shop. Was it a large emporium which sells all sorts of stuff and looks very grand?
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Yep that is exactly it. Zamba.
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May be.

Cottage Industries Exposition Or CIE

Hyder Ali Road, Nazarbad, Mysore
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Originally Posted by TimMakins View Post If you want to mail a carpet home, mail it yourself - don't let the carpet seller do it, as the one that arrives (if it does arrive at all) may not be the one that you purchased.
Tim, currently in Ireland.
Just my 2 cents, I have mailed carpets from Hyderabad as well as from Chennai home. I take pictures of those that I have purchased as well as do the "initial the underside corner with a magic marker" (the former being a good assurance, the later maybe good, maybe not) and have never felt that what I purchased was substituted. I might add that each delivery arrived in 3 days after I purchased them.

I concur with the statements that you should decide how much it is worth to you and how much you can afford. If that agrees with how much you paid, you received a "fair" deal. Could someone have done better? Sure, but life is too short to worry about such things. Plus, unless you are in the business, you'll never know what the bottom price could have been.
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Cottage Industries Exposition Or CIE

Hyder Ali Road, Nazarbad, Mysore
You obviously know Mysore. Upon reflection I am sure it was Cottage Industries. It wasn't far from Gandhi Square ie: within 1-2 kms I think. While there we were given a quick demo of how they were made and it looked very time consuming. If it is in fact Cottage Industries, are they to be trusted? Zamba.
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I was in Bangalore and my driver took me there for shopping. It is a Kashmiri store.
If I purchased anything driver would have got 30% commission.
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