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Varanasi Carpets

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Introduction
Varanasi carpets shopping is popular activity during Varanasi city tour. The city of light Varanasi and its nearby areas/towns are famous for carpet making; handicrafts, weaving and designing various fiber based items for use and for decoration. The Varanasi-Bhadohi-Mirzapur belt in Uttar Pradesh state is a unique combination of cities and towns as it produces maximum number of carpets and textiles in the country. The carpets produced in Varanasi region are famous for the excellence in quality and design. Every carpet that is woven here has a distinctive grace and unmatched style that clearly displays the finest art of carpet weaving tradition of Varanasi and its surrounding areas. The people of this belt who have taken weaving and handcrafting as their business are the ones doing this work from generations to generations. It is family clan based profession out here. This carpet belt specializes in traditional Indian woolen carpets and Durries. The Bhadohi carpets match the gracefulness of carpet weaving in any part of the world and are distinguished for their beauty and elegance and are worth buying. The stylish and quality of the carpets also proves the genius of the traditional carpet weavers of Varanasi region. Bhadohi based organizations account for about 75%t of the Rs 44 billion of total carpet exports from India. Carpet weaving in Bhadohi-Mirzapur region dates back to the 16th century, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Akbar and is believed to have established when centuries ago, some Iranian master weavers stopped at Madho Singh village, near Khamria, in Bhadohi while travelling in India, and subsequently set up looms here. The present day Bhadohi district is biggest carpet manufacturing centers in India, most known for its hand-knotted carpet. Bhadohi is known as "Carpet City". While the Mirzapur-Bhadohi region has the largest number of weavers involved in handmade carpet weaving cluster, engaging around 3.2 million people in the industry, Bhadohi alone employs 2.2 million rural artisans in its 100 percent export-oriented industry. A majority of carpets exported from India to international market come from Varanasi and its neighboring areas only. For people interested in buying unique royal styled carpets and other hand crafted items, the Varanasi-Bhadohi-Mirzapur belt offers great shopping opportunities as the carpets are not only cheaper but also they are stylish, fashion oriented, variety in designs and very outlasting. The carpets of this region are famous not just for their looks but also for their really outlasting quality which persuades people coming from long distances both from within India and abroad to here just to purchase some. This carpet belt region also produces hand tufted low, medium and high Knotted Carpets of native India style, Indo-Tibetan style, Indo-western style etc. You name the style or design of a certain type of carpets required by you; they have a solution for you. Well-known carpet types include cotton Dhurries, Chhapra Mir carpets, Abusan, Persian, Loribaft, Indo Gabbeh but also Nepalese carpets and more recent shaggy type carpets. These all are manufactured in various qualities. Once you are in Varanasi, and explore the carpets in the city’s alley, vicinity, lanes and downtown market shops, you will not be able to stop yourself from being amazed at the quality, design and furnished state of the art handcrafts of all these items.

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