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A Kashmir rug is a hand-knotted oriental rug from the Kashmir Valley in India, associated with Kashmiri handicrafts. Kashmir rugs or carpets have intricate designs primarily in an oriental floral style, available in a range of colors, sizes, and qualities.
The Kashmiri (/kaʃˈmɪəri/) word denotes a native or inhabitant of Kashmir. It also refers to the language of Kashmir. The word "rug" (/rʌɡ/) is recognized as the floor covering of thick woven material, known as "an oriental rug."
Kashmir carpets are handmade, hand-knotted, and are primarily made using pure wool, pure silk, and occasionally wool and silk blends. They are available in a wide range of colors, designs, and sizes. [Citation needed]
Kashmir rugs are primarily made in the vicinity of Srinagar, Kashmir, in North India, and in neighboring villages in rural parts of Kashmir. Kashmir rugs are among the most sought-after artworks by connoisseurs around the world due to their exceptional workmanship.
Kashmir rugs are available in standard sizes such as 3'x2', 4'x2'6", 5'x3', 6'x4', 7'x5', 10'x8', 12'x9', 14'x10', 15'x12', and 18'x12'. Larger sizes than these dimensions are mostly custom-made.
Kashmir rugs are renowned for their bright, jewel-like color tones, such as sapphire blue, ruby red, emerald green, aquamarine, amethyst, and ivory. Rugs from Kashmir are traditionally made with oriental floral designs that typically involve significant and culturally important motifs, such as the paisley, chinar tree (the oriental plane), and the tree of life. Most of these designs are rooted in the Kashmiri way of life and symbolically represent the age-old Kashmir tradition of hospitality, warmth, and love.
In Kashmir folklore, it is often said that a home is incomplete without a soul – a Kashmir carpet. The ethos of Kashmiri culture is often represented in the motifs of a Kashmir rug. Although the art of making these gorgeous rugs is not native to Kashmir and was first introduced nearly 400 years ago by the Mughal rulers in India, the indigenous brilliance of the local craftspeople has made Kashmir carpets one of the most sought-after works of art in the world.
Rugs from Kashmir have always found more appeal due to their quaint designs and an interesting blend of classic colors inspired by the cultural microcosm of Kashmir. At times, the colors were contemporary in nature, making Kashmir carpets widely popular across North America, South Asia, and Europe.