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Pakistani carpets

Two Pakistani Bukhara carpets in direct comparison

ArtOriental carpet
Origin in PakistanLahore, Karachi, Islamabad, etc.
Frequent knot density160,000 - 360,000 knots / m2
particularitiesdark shades, octagonal patterns

Pakistani carpets usually have a special sheen because their wool comes from Australia. The government of Pakistan supports carpet production and helps import high quality yarns. Most of the Pakistani carpet weavers are of Islamic origin and fled to Pakistan after the war between India and Pakistan. The major cities of Pakistani carpet production are Lahore and Karachi.

Pakistani carpets are not among the finest, but they are cheaper than those from Persian production. The Pakistan Bukhara carpets are known, for example. Patterns of Pakistani carpets are often inspired by Turkmen carpets (Mori carpets) or by the ancient Ziegler designs (from Iran). Pakistani carpets are mainly knotted in the color red or dark red.

Carpet examples

Examples provided from a selection of over 630 Pakistan Buchara carpets by Nain Trading from the Speicherstadt in Hamburg. Nain Trading has one of the largest ranges of hand-knotted oriental rugs online.

Impressions from Pakistan

Panorama of the Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore, PakistanPassu Glacier in Northern Pakistan

Location - where do Pakistani carpets come from?

The most important places for carpet weaving in Pakistan.

Persian carpets
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Afghan carpets
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Pakistani carpets
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Baluch carpets
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Turkmen carpets
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Caucasian carpets
Carpets from the area of ​​the Caucasus Mountains in mostly stronger colors ...
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Indian carpets
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Chinese carpets
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