Size: 5'1" x 3'3"
The weaving tradition in Pakistani carpets dates back to the Marshall rule in India, over 600 years ago. Sharing a religious and cultural heritage with Persia, Pakistani carpets share the same weaving techniques and styles as their counterparts in Iran. The surrounding countries have had a tremendous impact on Pakistan and the result is a blending of Persian, Caucasian and Turkish designs. In contemporary Pakistan, carpet weaving has remained mainly a cottage industry with the great majority of pieces manufactured in individual dwellings, which may contain several looms. Today, rugs are woven with high-quality blends of indigenous and imported wool. Approximately 70% of the weaving is done within a 400-mile radius of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. Karachi, the capital of the Sind province, represents some 20% of the total output. The areas around the cities of Quetta and Peshawar generated the remaining 10%. By far the most readily available quality of Pakistani Persian-design carpets today is the so-called 16/18, which is roughly equivalent to 288 knots per square inch. Pakistani 16/18 weavers generally concentrate on reproducing the more intricate Persian patterns - namely Kashan, Tabriz, Nain, and Isfahan - which require a greater number of knots.
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