Dhurries of Rajasthan

Another nameless weaver toiling all day long, sitting at his loom at his house… he is weaving a dhurrie (a floor rug), a dream dhurrie, to add color to your crystal studded drawing and living rooms. He selects the yarn, dyes it in different colors, and weaves interesting patterns with exciting colors… all in his house. He is single handedly running this small scale industry.

The villages of Rajasthan are dotted with many such houses providing a steady supply of dhurries to the market. They use primitive ground looms and natural dyes. The colors are fast and washable and the weaves interlocked in such a way that the rugs are reversible. They are light yet durable, casual yet ethnic, simple yet stylish and so sought after by rich and poor alike.

The carpet and dhurrie weaving was introduced to India by weavers of Afganisthan in the 17th century. Today this art has flourished and is the main source of income for many small time businessmen. Many variations have come up, there are not just cotton dhurries, silk and woolen varieties made of camel and goat hair, too are available.

The weaver showed us dhurries of different shapes, sizes and colors. No two pieces were same. And when you see so many, the mind starts working in different directions, in different rooms, in all combination and permutations. May be one for the children’s room with animal motifs…

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38 Responses

  1. Aileni says:

    Low impact industry with wonderful effect. Hope they never die out.

  2. thyme says:

    Beautiful. What a clean athmosphere. I can almost imgine living and working there, focused, mind at peace, not hurried and hunted and poisoned like in the city.

  3. alicesg says:

    Very beautiful carpets. Love the designs on them. Happy Tuesday.

  4. Jeannelle says:

    What beautiful artistry! Thank you for showing this scene from your world!

  5. BEAUTIFUL.. I would love to have these all over my home.. beautiful. thanks for sharing

  6. AJEYA RAO says:

    Nice, I got a chance to visit Charaka, a handloom industry at Sagara. They are open to tourists and will very nicely explain the different sources of natural colours and tradtional weaving techniques.

  7. Swarna says:

    May those artisans prosper. What are the costs like? Also their looms are the ‘sustinable’ type, I feel.

  8. A master artist at work. I love Dhurries. I don’t have one, but my mother’s home is filled with them. Perhaps she just couldn’t choose just one!

  9. Dirk says:

    Very intersting and nice pictures. Thanks for sharing your world.

  10. ArtSparker says:

    Beautiful story and pictures. I was thinking about bloggers who write about where they live, and was going to add a link to yours tomorrow. Who knew there was a central place for these (My World). Will link to that also. Hope it’s okay to link to yours in the post – let me know if not.

  11. did some one say ECO Friendly ??

  12. you never fail to showcase the real colors of India 🙂

  13. Pretty Me stole my words…..

  14. Sayani says:

    Simply awesome and brilliant ….i love my country 🙂

  15. Ishtar says:

    I love his passion for what he’s doing!

  16. Arija says:

    It is always a pleasure to see real artisans at work, also their use of natural dyes. A really wonderful post. I would dearly have liked too see thei dye processes as well.

  17. magiceye says:

    this is indeed a wonderful post! as always!

  18. Indrani: What wonderful indricate design are woven in your world.

  19. babooshka says:

    It is good to hanmade goods still alive. Interesting post with some lovely images of his work.

  20. kallu says:

    Indrani, have a personal weakness for dhurries. Really interesting to read about them in this post.
    Is this truly a village home or a govt.set up?
    You’ve even caught the chilli-lemon charm. Great pics.

  21. Interesting post of those beautiful dhurries:)

  22. Those are incredible!! How can you put a price on them?! Like you..I started thinking…what room?

    Thank you for coming by yesterday and leaving me with such sweet words of comfort. Truly brought peace to my heart. Hugs…

  23. Ruth says:

    I have never heard of dhurries. They are works of art, beautiful indeed. They would make a nice wall hanging too in a smaller size.

  24. a most interesting post and the photos are great as well. what is with the chili and lemon on the ceiling of the house?

    thanks for sharing.

  25. Dora says:

    Wow! That’s interesting. Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

  26. Hilary says:

    I love Dhurries. They were so popular around here in the 80’s and early 90’s and though I don’t see them too often anymore, I’d still love to have one, and was in fact thinking of them just this morning. Lovely post!

  27. Vamsee says:

    Very nice post. It is pretty amazing to see these weavers in action.
    I cant believe that they make carpets with camel and goat hair!!

  28. Adam says:

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a message on my blog. I’m always glad when new people do so as it gives me the opportunity to discover new blogs myself, and yours is fantastic. These Dhurries are great – I want one!

  29. Onkar says:

    The write-up is well-woven into the beautiful pictures. This is what gives a distinct identity to your blog.

  30. bindu says:

    What a beautiful collection of dhurries! These men are artists but get so little recognition!

  31. Gaelyn says:

    Beautiful rugs. I love the colors and designs. I hope these weavers are making a decent wage.

  32. Beautiful craftsmanship in those rugs. Looks very peaceful environment to work in. Happy WW! 🙂

  33. I know of these rugs, and have seen them in stores here in Canada, so it’s really special to see where they come from! That man (and others like him) are true artists, and I hope they are well paid for their talent and efforts! Such beautiful designs and images. I would ask dozens of questions, want to know all the stories in a place like that!

  34. Maddy says:

    i have always wondered about the true difference between a turkish kilim or the indian dhurrie. they are somewhat the same but there is a subtle difference – do you know?

  35. Fabulous weavings… Thanks for showing us a bit of your world.

  36. Yogi Saraswat says:

    Great post ! Although it is very old but gives a fabulous information . If I am right , this type of weaving is very famous in Banaras and in Bhadohi of UP .

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