New Parl flooring in Kashmiri carpets

Srinagar: The New Parliament House of India would have the traditional Kashmiri carpet flooring for which 50 weavers including women are working day and night to complete the project before the deadline at a far off village Khag in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Qamar Ali Khan of Tahiri Carpets got the order from a Delhi based company after submitting the samples in September 2021 to prepare 12 pieces of 8 x 11 feet traditional Kashmiri Silk-on-Silk carpets for the new Parliament house of India.

Khan feels proud and honoured for getting the order of making carpets for India’s biggest constitutional institution where these would be put on the floor and the members from all across India would see craftsmanship and traditional Kashmir work.

“It is a great honor for us that we are preparing the carpets for the Indian Parliament”, Khan told UNI.

He said 50 artisans including women are working dedicatedly day and night to take the project to its conclusion and have completed almost seven pieces so far. The delivery of the order is September 20 which is a month ahead of the deadline, he added.

Khan, whose family is associated with the carpet making for the past 30 years, said after receiving the order our artisans honestly started designing on the basis of traditional Kashmiri ancient tradition, nature and shawl making.

“We have weavers and looms and started the work proudly day and night on the project to complete it ahead a month of the deadline”, Khan said.

He said the main aim of the project was the Kashmiri carpet should reach to the places where it would get proper notice and the art will further flourish which almost has gone down due to less demand across the globe.

He said the handmade traditional Kashmiri handicrafts including Carpets declined for the past several years due to less demand in the world and hopefully “I am sure that now it will get the recognition again not only in India but all over the world”.

When asked why he chooses Silk-on-Silk for the carpets to be floored in the Indian Parliament, he said “the Silk made carpets were almost shelved due to its less demand as the export of it was stopped. Silk cotton was exported earlier, but that too could not be continued “.

He said “we have started weaving Silk-on-Silk carpets almost after four years and it was the demand of the company who have provided us the order”. He said the carpets will give a perfect look and shine only on Silk-on-Silk nature carpets, not on any other material made carpet”.

He said “we did not face any problem in making the carpets, even everybody including weavers and my all staff wholeheartedly supported us to complete this project”.

Khan gave 80 percent credit to his weavers who have shown their caliber and dedication and worked hard day and night to take this project to its logical conclusion.

“It is a proud moment for the carpet industry of Kashmir and hopefully in future such orders will pour from other parts of the country as well as from the international fora”, Khan said.


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