#1547-50 (10' x 8') Fine Oushak
Hand-knotted in Pakistan, Hand-spun wool
The art of weaving developed in the region comprising Pakistan at a time when few other civilizations employed it. Excavations at Moenjodaro and Harappa – ancient cities of the Indus Valley civilization – have established that the inhabitants used spindles and spun a wide variety of weaving materials. Some historians consider that the Indus Valley civilization first developed the use of woven textiles.
At present, hand-knotted carpets are made by Afghan refugees residing in among Pakistan and is one of the countries leading export products and their manufacture is the second largest cottage and small industry. The craftsmen have the capacity to produce any type of carpet using all the popular motifs of gulls, medallions, paisleys, traceries, and geometric designs in various combinations.
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