Size: 4'11"x 1'0"
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 counterpart 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 indigenenous and imported wool. Approximately 70% of the weaving is done within 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.
Until the 1970s, Pakistan had predominantly woven Bokharas Characterized by a repetitive octagonal or gul motif, which is based on a traditional Central Asia Turkoman design. Today Bokharas still account for a significant portion of the total production and are available in two styles, Mori and Jaldar. Mori Bokharas feature the traditional gul motif and come in a broad array of colors—including traditional hues (e.g., reds, rusts and ivories), pastels, and fashion shades (e.g., peach, coral, gray). More recent was the development of Jaldar Bokharas generally displaying geometric, contemporary-style designs as well as motifs based on nomadic Caucasian sources. Jaldar Bokharas range from 162 to 200 knots per square inch. Bokharas come in a full assortment of sizes ranging from one-foot square to room sizes and runners. Persian-design carpets are also found in other qualities ranging from about 195 to 324 knots per square inch, but the latter knots count quality only exists in smaller-sized rugs of 4x6 and below.