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Handmade Carpets of Pakistan

Posted on April 7, 2010
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Darwaish

In one of my earlier posts on Lahore’s old books shops, Adil Najam raised an interesting point and suggested that Pakistan is ripe for an Amazon.com type service for selling and buying old books and young Pakistani entrepreneurs should think about it. I don’t know if anyone has started such book selling service in Pakistan but I did come across this wonderful online store, Al Rug , selling handmade carpets. Two young entrepreneurs from Islamabad, one of them is an old friend of mine Yasir Hussain, came up with the idea of marketing and selling Pakistani handmade carpets to Europe and Americas through an online store.


At that time, not many people believed that Europeans and Americans would buy such an expensive product from a Pakistani online store. But hard work and honesty does pay off and, now, its amazing to see the huge success of this unique online store after three years. Definitely a wonderful example to follow. Many of you probably know that the handmade carpets of Pakistan, and particularly of Lahore, are one of our major export items and earning us huge revenues each year.

The gifted artists of Pakistan have the ability to produce ANY kind of carpet. Pakistan is fortunate enough to be blessed with such highly skilled artists, the main requirement for this industry, so the demand remains all time high. The Government of Pakistan is also encouraging this industry through various means. I know that SMEDA and some of the banks are offering easy loans and technical assistance to craftsmen/women for the purpose of setting up their own businesses. For ATP readers interest and information, let me share some background information, present situation and the challenges, including child labor, facing Pakistan’s handmade carpet industry.

Introduction

Pakistan is amongst the world’s largest producers and exporters of hand-knotted Oriental carpets. In the last few decades, Pakistani carpets have reached the farthest corners of the world.

Contrary to widespread belief, the art of weaving developed in the region, comprising Pakistan, at a time when few civilizations knew about it. Excavations at Moenjodaro and Harappa – ancient cities of Indus Valley civilization – have established that the people knew the use of spindles and spun a wide variety of weaving materials. In fact, some historians are of the view that it was the Indus Valley civilization that of the first time developed the use of woven textiles.

The tradition of textile weaving has survived in the shape of folk culture in various parts of Pakistan. The textile designs, architecture and characteristic of our folk culture point to the floral and geometric patterns that are basic to carpet designing. This clearly shows that the art of carpet-making and designing existed in the region from very old times.

Islamic Heritage

Carpets have, from the beginning, been a part of the Islamic culture as it achieved unprecedented heights in Baghdad, Damascus, Cordoba, Delhi and in the fabled cities of Central Asia. They were predominantly used to cover the floors of mosques and houses, and were occasionally used as wall decorations. The first half of the 16th century is considered the ‘Golden Age’ of Persian carpets, when large carpets with rich colors and complex designs were produced out of factories in Iran. As a result, carpet weaving in Orient was perfected to fine art in Persian and Turkish regions and their were the first to be recognized as Islamic carpets.

Mughal Tradition

The recent carpet weaving history of Pakistan goes as far back as the inception of Mughal Dynasty, when the last successor of Timur, Babar, extended his rule from Kabul to India, to found the Mughal Empire in the early 16th century. However, many historians believe that carpet making was first introduced to the region in the 11th Century with first Muslim conquerors, the Ghaznavids and the Ghauris from the West. Established Carpet weaving in Indo-Pak Sub-Continent started under the patronage of the Mughals, when Indian craftsmen adopted Persian techniques and designs. The carpets woven in Punjab at that time – often called Lahore carpets – made use of the motifs and the decorative style found in Mughal architecture.

During the Mughal period the carpets made in the Indo-Pak Sub-Continent became so famous that there was a mounting demand for them abroad. These carpets had a distinctive design and boasted a rich knotting density. The carpets made for the Mughal emperors, including Jahangir and Shah Jahan, were of the finest quality. It was during Shah Jahan’s reign that Mughal carpet weaving took on a new aesthetic and entered its classical phase.

Economic Factor

Handmade carpet/rugs often labeled as ‘exotic’ are a highly decorative and luxurious form of ornaments. The handmade carpets produced in Pakistan are mainly for the purposes of export to Western economies, and one of the major earners of foreign exchange amounting up to 300 million dollars annually (3.4% share in total exports in 2002). Due to the high-price factor, the local consumption of the handmade carpets is almost non-existent.

As every knot is tied by hand, carpet manufacturing calls for patience as it may take many months (sometimes years depending on the size and quality of the carpet/rug) before a carpet is completed and may return the investment. Costs, time and HR factor combined makes it less preferred business in modern days. In addition, the risk factor that a carpet may sell after many years of completion makes it even riskier for itchy businessmen of today’s fast-paced marketplace.

The decline in Pakistan’s textile exports and the fact that they are fetching lower prices than other competitor countries of the region, has affected carpet industry too. Foreign customer is not ready to up the prices due to overall economic slump, and locally the price-hike has made it impossible to produce carpets at the desired prices. All these elements, and a monopoly of bigger players has resulted in many small traders exiting the industry decreasing the overall capacity to almost 60-70%.

Socio-economic Factor

According to 2003 estimates, carpet manufacturing provides jobs for 1.5 million people in the country, majority of which is in poor rural areas. The reason why carpet weaving has been a major source of living for these people is that it does not require resource beyond basic infrastructural facilities to weave carpets i.e. a loom, wool and basic weaving tools. It has become a cottage industry where carpets are weaved in homes, often employing womenfolk in rural areas. It requires a few weeks training to learn to weave a carpet but it would take many years expertise to master the skill. As most of the setups are installed in homes, womenfolk and children also contribute to the work. Due to financial reasons, these folk have little source of earning beside minimal agriculture. These carpets are then transported to major cities like Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Peshawar for selling.

A weaver is considered at the bottom of this food-chain and is least benefited from this sport. Inhuman conditions and lowly paid work-hours makes the life harder for them, and they are physically considered ‘finished’ after 15~20 years of weaving carpets. They are another victim of overall lack of importance given by the Government to the micro-level employees, while the exporters fetch hefty profits for their investments.

Child Labor and other Challenges of Today

In the face of today’s challenges, there was a dire need to re-model the whole business strategy behind carpets to keep this ages old tradition alive in Pakistan. With the advent of technologies, reaching out to end-customer was not feat at all and could be achieved without bigger investment, given a solid marketing strategy. Al Rug, though not first one to use B2C model rather than relying on B2B, has been an example. Their vision is to give home users all around the world a ready access to its inventory and the facility to shop online. Customers are offered a wide range of oriental carpets/rugs to choose from different regions, make, colors and styles, and once an online payment is made, carpet is delivered to their doorstep – almost anywhere in the world – in just three days. I personally think their prices are reasonably OK as they are 300-400% lower than those found in US/European market for an equivalent quality handmade oriental rug. I know their target market is mainly USA and Europe but still, not every Pakistani can afford to buy what they are offering :). Perhaps, introduction of more products with a bit more affordable rates for local market would not be a bad idea at all.

Another important challenge facing this industry is the child labor issue (also see here). It is widely believed that soft hands of children produce the best ever handmade carpets and rugs. Children of age 7-12 have been and still, to some extent, being used by this industry to produce carpets and rugs.

Due to the awareness and pressure put by international organizations and local human rights activists, the Government of Pakistan has taken a number of steps and the situation has improved significantly. Many Pakistani exporters are being extra careful and they do not deal with local manufacturers who employ children to produce carpets. A lot still needs to be done to free this industry completely from child labor.

But coming back to the bright side of topic, it is only possible with a vision and clinical execution that we can make the world turn to the art produced in our country and ages old traditional crafts. What two young entrepreneurs from Islamabad have done can be replicated all over the country. Any future entrepreneurs listening?

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57 Comments on “Handmade Carpets of Pakistan”

  1. Ghaus says:
    July 15th, 2007 5:07 am

    I loved this article there is another small company that sells carpets in US only. It has been successful too. The website for this company is http://www.paramountcraft.com

  2. Zak says:
    July 15th, 2007 10:28 am

    I was planning on helping a friend out with selling Afghan handicrafts from peshawar overseas. One of my thoughts was to set it up via ebay..but the “project” stalled. There are a raft of problems, one is quality suppliers, the other is shipping overseas and receiving or refudning payments.

  3. July 15th, 2007 1:21 pm

    Brilliant post. Thank you.

    Some of the carpets are really beautiful. I also agree with Zak that its very difficult to manage payments and the quality of carpets that a customer receives.

  4. July 16th, 2007 9:50 am

    Darwaish – I have recently started to buy a few of the hand-made carpets and I agree. They are absolutely gorgeous. I have been amazed by some of the craftsmanship, including the design quality, the brilliance of the colors, and the price.
    One ting I find missing when buying hand-made carpets, is an experience of some kind of closeness to the craftsman him or herself. The retail outlets in the cities are not really able to convey what this means for the people involved in the industry. Maybe an online store will do a better job of it. Personally i find it difficult to buy lifestyle products (i.e. products not really necessary in my life) to buy online – I like to touch and feel them, experience them before purchasing, but I am sure more people would disagree with me than I imagine.

  5. MQ says:
    July 16th, 2007 10:52 am

    Bilal, I agree with you. Buying a hand-made carpet online would be like marrying someone over the phone!!!

  6. Owais Mughal says:
    July 16th, 2007 11:03 am

    MQ saheb. your comment made me laugh :)

  7. Ayesha says:
    July 17th, 2007 6:49 am

    As much as I love the work of gifted artists, I also think that child labor is a serious issue here. Personall, I don\’t want to buy something made by little kids and we all know that children are still working in this industry. Its just criminal and makes you feel guilty.

    How to make sure that you are not buying something made by children? Particularly if you are buying online, you can never guess.

    I do not agree with Bilal on feel and touch thing before buying, particulalrly when you are buying something which is not produced in the country you live in. What I look for is the reliability of the website and how well the present their collection. my 2 cents

  8. Darwaish says:
    July 18th, 2007 1:33 pm

    hehe MQ … your comment brought a smile on my face too ;0).

    Bilal, your point is very valid and instead of commenting myself I will ask one of the owners of the online store to explain a bit more about it.

    But there are few points that I would like to raise here like the wages that these gifted artists actually get for each carpet they make. I will be hugely surprised if they get more than a few hundreds rupees, on average, for a single carpet. I also think, without going into right or wrong debate, that no online store or a business would risk the direct communication between clients and the artists. Who would want the artists to find out the real value of their work and customers, the real price of the product they buying. It is in the best interest of the business to keep artists unknown. You know what I mean? ;o)

  9. Biko says:
    July 18th, 2007 2:27 pm

    Ayesha,

    I think it is commendable that you feel a sense of concern as a consumer regarding the child labor problem; I know I would feel the same.

    There is at least one way to ensure that the carpet you buy was not made using child labor: make sure that it is certified by RugMark as child-labor-free and that it carries a unique identification number and RugMark label on the back. Here in the United States, we are working to ensure that importers, retailers, designers and buyers in general are aware of the child labor problem and that they demand that their carpets are certified by the RugMark program.

    For more information on RugMark, you can check out the website online at rugmark.org, or visit the RugMark Pakistan website.

    I hope that helps!

    Biko

  10. July 19th, 2007 8:55 am

    @Iram

    We try out to best to present the carpet naturally in natural light with profesionnal cameras. We have a complete team of professional photographers and photo-editor who do this job for us. Once a carpet is bought, we also provide one week money back guarantee to the customer, if she doesn’t like it, she can send it back. And we take both sides shipping on us. Easy is that.

    @Bilal

    That’s sad that the people who produce such art are always kept in the background. Perhaps, that’s a business tactic that people don’t go to them directly. But there are many sellers who keep their artisans on the forefront to create an aura around what they’re selling. I guess the idea works.

    @Ayesha

    Yes Ayesha, cildlabor has been the biggest menace in this industry. Though it’s still there in pockets, but much of it has been wiped out for years efforts. The reason why children are employed in carpet industry is, they have small fingers which tie smaller perfect knots, and usually tie more knots than an older person. Their wages are also lower than the normal weaver.

    Many online sellers do not buy from manufacturers who employe children. Government in itself a bit active in this regards. What hurts most is all those children welfare institutes like SOS munch their charity peanuts and don’t actually do anything beside teaching 100 kids.

    @Darwaish

    Wages are given on the amount of work done. A weaver normally takes home 100~350 rupess per day depending on his skill. But yes, many take less.

  11. Awan says:
    July 20th, 2007 7:23 am

    I have heard about Care & Fair doing something on child labor. What about them? These carpets, no doubt, are gorgeous!

  12. July 27th, 2007 6:08 am

    In response of Aysha,

    I am Manufacturers and Exporters of hand knotted Pakistani and Afghani Carpets.
    I started a compeign againest child Labour and as yours ideas I also decided that I will not take any carpets weaved by children.

    I visited many of our looms in punjab and north west of Pakistan. There I surprised to see that 40 percent carpets are being made by children.
    I raised a Issue of Child labour but can do nothing and thats why because the 40 % children are sustaining their faimlies they helped their sisters, mother, father, brother and other one for sustaining their faimly.
    We are here and say easily that this is a serious issue of child labour but can not understand their problems.
    They also heart and they t wants to stay at home In a hot summer and in bitter cold but their compelsion does not allow to them that they stay at home.
    You know that many of them just weaved carpets and get daily meal. Here how we raised this issue.
    In experience and In listen there is a big diffrence.
    We can not solve this issue untill we solve the problems of remote areas of specially 3rd world country.

  13. Maisie Tan says:
    August 29th, 2007 2:55 am

    Our company China Silk Industrial & Trading Corporation(CSITC) which is a serious import and export enterprise found in 1987,mainly deal in the silk product from silk cocoon to silk garment in the whole line. Except the international business, we also act as the silk association in china to communicate with many partner from worldwide on the silk actuality and future. Based on high reputation on financial credit in the whole silk industrial circle. we try our best to offer customer the best service and product.

    Here I’d like to introduce our silk and wool carpet yarn products for you, hope you like it and bring you more business opportunity.

    NATURAL SPUN YARNS:

    Worsted spun silk yarn from 1Nm to 210Nm with perfect quality from 100% Chinese traditional mulberry silk and tussah silk. Lower count (under 30Nm) is usually used for luxurious carpet or hand-made rug or decorated home textile products by customer, such as 2Nm, 8Nm, 10Nm, 15Nm, 24Nm, 30Nm….Higher count yarn can be woven into high quality fabric used in various field. Current minimum order is 200kgs.

    Based on our factory with over 60years production history with rich experience, now the yarn we are offering are very good quality with shiny silk shade, firmness, evenness and equal length fibre, which is satisfied by carpet factory, weaving factory and other traders. From the material to the production line to finish yarn product there are 20stages, in each stages we have special team to control the quality and check every stage timely to guarantee that the final silk yarn is what our customer wants. Currently we have 60Nm, 140Nm in hand, other counts need to make on orders. If you like it or have interest, please freely contact me. Delivery time in in 20days from your wire our the prepayement.

    Except pure silk carpet yarn, we are also a professional silk/wool, silk/cashmere, silk/cotton,blended yarn supplier, the blended yarn from us is even color, even shine and even twist, counts, hope you like them.

    FILAMENTS

    100% degummed thrown silk filament in various specification, such as: 20/22D x 12 x 2, 20/22Dx8x2, 20/22Dx18x3, 40/44Dx9x3

  14. basit says:
    August 30th, 2007 12:11 pm

    Some of the carpets are really beautiful. its very difficult to manage payments and the quality of carpets that a customer receives.

  15. emel says:
    September 7th, 2007 7:03 pm

    hi,
    i am interested of your carpets, they are amazing, could you send me some more models ( except that in your syte which i already have seen) , i am interested of Cristian Hystoric Models, i am colectioner and i have many of Pakistan Carpetsts( almost 23), but i still looking for sometnhing new . Thanks, tel for contact +44 77 535 51 530.Could you send me also the price list with your carpets model list pls?
    Regards
    E. Bayraktarova

  16. Mahwish says:
    September 18th, 2007 7:19 am

    I want the figures of export to be linked with this website as export to the carpets is falling

  17. KAZIM says:
    September 20th, 2007 1:09 pm

    I do not agree with the comments and reports indicated above on the child labour issue. If you replanish your memory there was a big story on child labour about 10 years ago and that was total lie and nothing. I am in this trade for the last 20 years and I can tell you with any guarantee or proof that the child labour issue is absolutely baseless and bios. This is being done by anti pakistan elements. Let us be realistic. The maximum number of children in Pakistan work in homes and shops as helpers and they get food, clothing and shelter and other benifits which are over and above their salaries.
    Coming back to the point, the carpets in pakistan are 90% made by the women who have looms in their homes and they make carpets in free time. this is some kind of extra money that these women are aerning. The carpet making in pakistan has gone down by 20% in this year and it is constantly declining. The reason is very simple. Due to economic growth in Pakistan men are having better jobs and women are now depending more on the male members of their families.
    ANY COMMENTS?

  18. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    September 26th, 2007 4:34 am

    Kazim,
    well saying that child labour problem never existed in Pakistan
    is a bit too much, I agree that most them are women or young girls, today in the world no one can compete with Pakistan’s brilliant colours combinations , designs, subjescts, sizes.

    Pakistan introduced to the world the most wonderful pastel
    designs, and that created some rivals who were happy at all.
    I agree it is sheer propoganda (victim being Ayesha and others)
    There is an anti-Pakistani Mafia.

    Child labour is disappearing in the south but perhaps increasing in the north. The problem is absence of a serious policy. Child working must get full benefits e.g. education,medical protection, holidays,annuel performance gifts, other encouragements, some of the works done by young
    were estonishingly marvelous and unique, why don’t we condsider them as entire artist with calibre.
    Is Pakistan’s labour policy “brilliant ” elsewhere in the domain??

  19. nk says:
    October 19th, 2007 6:36 am

    hi… recently i hve done my graduation in textile designing now i want 2 stsrt my work i am intersted in handmade carpets to design n sell i need some help from the persone who is in in this feild . waiting 4 ur good commemts

  20. MUHAMMAD ABDUL-RAHMAN says:
    November 20th, 2007 11:12 am

    I am living in a small city of Lodhran District which name is Dhanot. I am running a carpet centre in the said area. I want to deal with your good reputed Company.
    So I request you that be kindly give me a chance to show my QUALITY & STANDARD.

    Thanks

  21. December 19th, 2007 2:13 am

    The hand made carpet of pakitan are very beautiful, they also export all over the world.

  22. Lab Azad Hain Merey says:
    December 31st, 2007 2:33 am

    I agree with Kazim that the major child labour issue raised about 10 years ago, that significantly diminished Pakistan’s portion in the international market was a scam. Child labour has been and will remain an issue in the developing world (no more and no less than any of the other competing countries), but in this instance, Pakistan was specifically targeted. Many of the smaller traders went bust at that time and many weavers lost their livelihood (another targeted industry however – the Sialkot sports industry – quickly addressed the issue and saved itself – to the extent that President Clinton publicly praised their efforts and presented Sialkot as a role model – firstly because of better resources available and secondly because all the major manufacturers have direct links with huge multinational brands).
    As far as solving the child labour problem is concerned, you can not solve this problem by stopping to buy carpets from these families. That not only starves these families but you also risk losing the whole traditional craft in the exercise. All similar skills up till about a hundred years ago were only passed down the generations (Developing world is still in that age by and large) and the learning process started at an early age. You can not want to preserve the beauty of this art and want children not to learn their parents’ trade at the same time.
    The only way to completely stop child labour is to present the people of that region or trade with alternative opportunities, improvement in economic conditions and a promise that their children do not NEED to work in order to survive. I am sure no parents would then want for their children to weave carpets or lay bricks or mend punctured tyres.
    If you just stop buying their carpets and do nothing else, they most certainly will start working on the fields or at a shop or worse, start begging. (In Pakistan or for that matter in any third world country, they don’t get unemployment benefits

  23. AA says:
    March 29th, 2008 11:22 pm

    excellent and informative article.

  24. mary says:
    April 11th, 2008 3:33 am

    in pakistan carpet indusetry is sharply growing and hand made carpet is very liked in all the world.but due to some polotical problems this industry is facing many problems not this industry even every industry facing the problems in pakistan.so it is a request to all the people of the pakistan to become a unit and save the pakistan and become as a good nation.

  25. Kenny says:
    April 15th, 2008 6:49 am

    i want to buy persian carpets from your country but i want to get some pictures of the carpets that i like. i want to buy
    1. geometric carpet style (in black or dark blue) size 10ft X 14ft
    2. geometric runner style (in black or dark blue) size2.5ft X 20ft
    3. geometric runner style (any color) size 3ft X 12ft
    4. geometric carpet style (light color or beige color) size 6ft X 9ft

    ***ALL IN HAND MADE***

    please send us the pictures and prices of your carpets of my request as soon as possible to this email , central-words@hotmail.com

    Thank you

  26. May 13th, 2008 11:39 am

    hand knotted carpets are very liked in all over the world of pakistan.our aim is to give all information about pakistani hand made carpets to all the world through online service for promotion.these days pakistan facing many problem so we need to build our self as a good nation for this purpose

  27. T says:
    September 22nd, 2008 10:36 am

    please send us the pictures and prices of your carpets of my request as soon as possible to this email , thavalmeri@yahoo.fr

  28. Asad Samad says:
    September 22nd, 2008 1:15 pm

    Hello!
    I am interested to export hand made carpets. I would like to know where to find the markets and how export hand made carpets.
    I shall be grateful for your help in this regard.

    Regards,
    Asad.

  29. October 8th, 2008 10:20 am

    Dear Asad Samad

    I saw your remarks on this site that you are pretty intrested to export handmade carpets, well you can contact me on my email; nauman@absamail.co.za or nomi_khans@hotmail.com or cell number +27838833266 South Africa. I will help you. Nauman

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    October 17th, 2008 6:42 am

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  31. VIKA says:
    October 17th, 2008 6:46 am

    may i know about wholsale carpets price from pakistan

  32. mir says:
    February 18th, 2009 1:34 pm

    we are interested in buying in wholesale pls /chobi/kazak carpets we would highly appreciate your quotations .
    regards
    mir

  33. abid butt says:
    April 20th, 2009 9:23 am

    We hope you are fine and doing business well in your country. Greetings from Fayyazian Carpets, Lahore, Pakistan.

    With a growing number of wholesalers and carpet dealers all around the world getting in touch with us, we felt it would be good to let others know about our great carpet resources; Fayyazian Carpets.

    Having benefited from the experience through four generation in oriental carpets we are the largest company who offers the best of ranges in Afghan Weavers. Vegetable-dye Carpets with 100% hand-spun wool produced around Peshawar city. Our production consists of absolute top quality in colures, designs, material, finishing and perfection of each carpet. Following are the range of qualities we offer:

    1. Single Knot (Mori): Mori Bokhara 9/14 +Silk touch, Mori Bokhara 11/20.
    2. Double Knot (Persian): 16/16, 16/18, 20/20,
    3. Afghani: Kazak Super Special, Kazak Bazari, Chobi 35/40, Fine Balouchi,
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    Moreover, we offer our products negotiated on quantity and payment time
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    We look forward to a mutually beneficial business relationship and hope to
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    Best Regards,

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    Fayyazian Carpets

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  34. July 31st, 2009 1:08 pm

    Azras Carpets is renowned carpets Exporter of Pakistan Paying their services around the Globe from last 15 years.

    The Two brothers Nadeem Mukhtar and Waseem Mukhtar was established this firm with comitment of exelence and quality product to thier customer.

    We have production units in Pakistan and Afghanistan where from quality products are made for their respectable Customers.

    We have abillity to made any carpets in any size and in any color within time frame.

    Vegitable Dying Chobi 9-9==10-10==12-12==16-16
    Double Knot Sootri 13-13==15-15==16-16==20-20
    Kazak Super Fine Quality
    Mori Bokhara Jaldar 9-15==10-15

    We are against Child labour.

    We are looking for respectable buyers for mutual dealing.

  35. October 11th, 2009 6:02 pm

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  36. Kamal says:
    April 8th, 2010 12:09 am

    Very informative article.

    Carpets are a great part of our culture as well as economy.

  37. rugs says:
    April 8th, 2010 12:57 am

    Thanks so much for sharing so many rugs.

  38. Shahid says:
    April 8th, 2010 2:36 am

    Thousand Worlds, which is a Freetrade ATO here in Champaign sells Pakistani carpets.

  39. April 8th, 2010 5:12 am

    Great article, thanks for writing it. i was thinking more on the lines of doing something for the carpet industry, as pointed out n your article the conditions sometime are very bad for the weavers and so buying carpets from Pakistan is/was considered supporting child labour. I would actually like to support the weavers by giving them better conditions to work in and a high percentage of the profits that are made should be given back to the weavers for them to progress. They are the ones doing the hard work and they don’t get the remuneration they deserve. It is fine to make money but how about making a bit less and giving back to the deserving a bit more. i would like to make a business plan where say 30% of all profits go back to the weavers, besides the daily wages they get much more and this would encourage more to get in this field. I don’t know but i think like this, of cause there is no way the weavers can sell their carpets abroad but that does not mean they should not get a fair price. nest time when i am in Pakistan i will inshallah see if i can do something on these lines. If anyone has has any ideas, comments or contacts to weavers then pls do let me know.

  40. April 8th, 2010 6:25 am

    Good article on carpets of Pakistan and Pakistani carpets are in fact, the best ones in the world after Iranian carpets but our workforce is more creative and skilled than that of any other country in the world and if Govt. pays attention then this industry can grow a lot.

  41. Bushra says:
    April 8th, 2010 4:41 pm

    Very informative and useful article.

  42. Vinnie says:
    April 8th, 2010 11:27 pm

    Skilled people are a great asset to Pakistan and surely there is a great need to bring forward the pieces of their skills.

  43. Jehan says:
    April 13th, 2010 1:13 pm

    I think there is huge potential for growth in this market. While the traditional patterns are beautiful, they do not fit everyone’s decor and taste. If more modern patterns could be created, I think there would be many more buyers in the west.

  44. Guy Turner says:
    May 10th, 2010 1:06 pm

    With all the unrest in Pakistan, is the country still producing as many rugs as they did before?

    Thank you.

  45. Saleel says:
    June 7th, 2010 4:22 pm

    It’s appalling that in this day and age, little children are being forced to work like slaves to manufacture export commodities like these fine “hand-knotted” carpets. Beautiful they are, for they’ve robbed many a child of his childhood. I would never commit the sin of owning such a carpet myself.

    The problem of child labour in India and Pakistan have to be addressed soon.

  46. jennifer says:
    December 5th, 2010 7:43 am

    well i think that the govt. should take some action about.
    thank you

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  48. Nadeem says:
    March 7th, 2011 12:04 am

    does anyone know who wrote this article ? I want to ask some questions.

    regards

  49. March 25th, 2011 5:49 pm

    I need contacts who deal in carpet industry.

  50. Tehmeena says:
    April 7th, 2011 7:21 pm

    k 1 plus 2 is always 3. anyways, where do the industries in Pakistan get the supplies for their products. from which country and from where to where to they send it to be made in Pakistan. where is the final product sent. i need this for a project plz answer. anyways, JazaKhallah
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  51. ahmad says:
    May 1st, 2011 3:40 pm

    dear sir iam writting to look for carpet hand made from both afganstan and pakistan iam locate in dubia i want you to send me picture in diffrent size thank

  52. Ammar says:
    May 23rd, 2011 11:39 pm

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  55. July 23rd, 2011 9:24 pm

    It would be also very interesting if in Pakistani people wove top notch carpets but with modern designs! Look at the market that would make! Something completely new.

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