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In Kashmir, artisans knit Asia’s greatest carpet, spark hope for Qaleen custom

This large Qaleen may be, what artisans say, a ray of hope for merchants to make a presence within the Gulf

Artisans knit Asia’s greatest Qaleen

Qaleen is a hand-knit oriental rug from Kashmir valley in India which is related to Kashmiri handicrafts. It has an intricate design that’s primarily floral and has a spread of colors, sizes, and largely high quality. They are made utilizing pure wool and silk.

These carpets sometimes contain vital and culturally vital motifs such because the paisley, maple tree which can also be known as regionally as the tree of life and is a symbolic illustration of the age-old Kashmiri custom of hospitality, heat and love. The indigenous brilliance of native craftsmen has made Kashmiri carpets some of the sought on the earth.

Around 60 artisans from Kashmir are weaving over a 275-square-metre-long hand-woven carpet at Wailoo, Pattan space of North Kashmir in Baramulla district.

The work on the carpet started within the 12 months 2016. The challenge was anticipated to be accomplished in 2021 however because of the COVID-19 restrictions and political disturbances within the Valley, they weren’t capable of full it. However, it’s now anticipated to be accomplished by the tip of 2022, as 90 per cent of the work has been achieved.

In Kashmir artisans knit Asias biggest carpet spark hope for Qaleen tradition

Around 60 artisans from Kashmir are weaving over a 275-square-metre-long hand-woven carpet at Wailoo, Pattan space of North Kashmir in Baramulla district

Fayaz Ahmed Shah, a Srinagar based mostly businessman, who runs this challenge claims the carpet will probably be Asia’s greatest. Shah, who owns a agency ‘Shah Qadir and Sons’ is a resident of Safa Kadal, Srinagar.

“Opportunities come when you try to seek them,” he mentioned.

“The order that I acquired is from a Gulf nation. The patrons tried very laborious for this challenge to get accomplished. They even went to Iran however had been very a lot inquisitive about Kashmiri carpets which can be made out of silicon-based silk. Shah mentioned that the order was not only one however three carpets. “This is for a very important person,” he mentioned.

After the patrons approached him, Shah despatched the samples for which he needed to work very laborious. “We used the best material that we could, and tried our best to design it very intricately. By Allah’s grace, it was passed there and we managed to get the order,” he mentioned.

The value of the carpet has not been estimated but however will probably be achieved after it’s exported to the Gulf nation.

“Kashmir has never manufactured the biggest carpet like this. It was challenging initially. The contract of completion was seven years and we had assured the buyer that it would be completed within three years,” Shah mentioned.

He added that discovering the suitable loom for this carpet was some of the troublesome jobs as a result of it is not a small carpet. “You can say that it’s Asia’s biggest carpet with a width of 40 feet and length of 72 feet. No carpet of such dimensions has ever been produced here in Kashmir. If I ever receive any such order again, I’ll always give my best. Being a Kashmiri, this craft is, you can say, settled in our veins. My father too was in this profession and since my childhood, we have been in touch with other craftsmen too,” Shah mentioned.

As per the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest hand-woven carpet measures 5,630 sq. metres and was manufactured by an Iranian carpet firm.  It was created for a mosque based mostly in Abu Dhabi in Dubai in 2007.

The carpet was divided into 9 components and assembled within the mosque. The carpet would have been round 6,000 sq. meters initially, however components of it needed to be taken away as a way to match it onto the ground within the mosque.

“There’s a huge difference between this carpet and the other ones that we usually make. You can call it the Kohinoor of the carpet industry. As Kohinoor cannot be compared with other gems, similarly we cannot compare this carpet to other normal carpets. I didn’t try to get any support from the government. Everything that I did was on my own,” he mentioned.

Shah added that once they got the order, they determined to work two shifts again to again. But given the prevailing state of affairs in Kashmir, they could not accomplish that. “This is the reason that this carpet is taking some extra time in its completion. But we hope that it will be completed by the end of this year since we have already completed 90 per cent of the work. To me, teamwork is a fundamental factor for the success of any project. So, when we know how to maintain social cohesion with our workers, no project is impossible.”

In Kashmir artisans knit Asias biggest carpet spark hope for Qaleen tradition

Saving the Qaleen custom

Shah mentioned the federal government has not achieved the wanted quantity of labor for this trade. The trade requires looms that produce carpets and carpets want a market, high quality materials and silk, however until now, the federal government has not taken any initiative for the provision of such supplies to Kashmir.

“This craft of carpet weaving has now become a dying art of Kashmir. There are a lot of factors responsible. The main factor is the financial part. The artisans working on these carpets don’t earn the appropriate amount of wages due to which they are losing interest. In order to make this project a success, we had to do an assessment of the wages of these artisans. Only then we were able to make them work for it,” mentioned one other artisan Habibullah Shiekh, who’s a contractor for these 60 artisans.

The carpets from Kashmir often discover a market within the Western international locations because the Iranian markets have penetrated the Gulf international locations and depart no area for the Kashmiri carpets. This large Qaleen may be, what artisans say, a ray of hope for merchants to make a presence within the Gulf.

Mudasir Rawloo is an unbiased multimedia journalist based mostly in Kashmir. His work has been printed in nationwide and worldwide companies. He tweets @Mudasir_Rawloo. Sajad Hameed is a contract journalist based mostly in Kashmir. He tweets @sajadhameedpics.

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