Carpetindustry in India is one of the oldest and the most popular industries. India has always had an ancient heritage of carpet weaving, a craft that has assorted skill and expertisefrom lands as diverse as Persia, China and Afghanistan. However, this artistry isno longer a trade that is still isolated in the villages or towns. Along time,this craft has evolved spreading its wings not only at the domestic front butalso the international markets. This article is an interface of a completeknow-how regarding the carpet industry right from its hubs to the measurestaken by the government to further extend the export of carpets globally. Mughalsbrought the carpet weaving to India and some of the most majestic carpet in India can be seen from Mughal period. Weavers in India then learned magic of colors andweaves and more aesthetic touch was started to appear in Indian carpets.

Carpetindustry in India flourished more in its northern part of the country. So,major centers of carpet industry are in Kashmir, Jaipur, Agra and Bhadohi-Mirzapur.Now, hand tufted carpets have been gaining importance in India since last few decades. Major parts of carpet that are produced in India are exported to different parts of world as local market for these is less. Moreoverthe channels for local marketing and selling are also less. But with the retailboom the Indian carpet industry is going to see some major changes in thecarpet industry here for local market.

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The author isassociated with Wool Research Association, India