Since The Mughal Era, This Historical Town In UP Has Been The Heart Of Carpet Weaving In India

by Tejashee Kashyap
Since The Mughal Era, This Historical Town In UP Has Been The Heart Of Carpet Weaving In India

Located on the banks of the river Ganges, about 45 kilometres from the city of Varanasi, the town of Bhadohi is famous for its carpets, which are exported all over the world. Also known as the ‘carpet city’ of India, the history of carpet weaving here goes back to centuries ago.

The Allure Of Carpet Weaving In Bhadohi


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Carpet weaving is a major source of income for the people of Bhadohi. The history of carpet weaving in Bhadohi dates back to the Mughal era. During this time, carpet weaving was a highly respected craft, and the Mughal emperors were known to be patrons of the art. The craft was passed down from generation to generation, and today, Bhadohi is home to over 300,000 carpet weavers.

The carpets are made from various materials such as wool, silk, jute, cotton, and synthetic fibres. The process of carpet weaving is a time-consuming and intricate one. The weavers use traditional handlooms to weave the carpets, which require a great deal of skill and precision. Each carpet is unique, and the weavers often create intricate designs and patterns using different colours and textures.

Bhadohi carpets are known for their high quality and durability. Their beauty and craftsmanship make them a popular choice among buyers around the world.

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What’s More To Do There?

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Apart from carpet weaving, Bhadohi is also known for its brassware industry. The brass items are made using traditional techniques and are often adorned with intricate designs and patterns.

Bhadohi is also a popular destination for tourists. In addition to this, it is also known for its religious significance. The town houses the holy place of Sitamarhi temple (Sita Samahit Sthal). It is said that this temple is the place where goddess Sita went into the earth while she was living in the forest of Sitamarhi.

Bhadohi is a town that is steeped in tradition and culture. Its rich history, vibrant culture, and exquisite craftsmanship make it a unique destination for tourists and buyers alike. Whether you are looking to purchase a beautiful hand-woven carpet, explore the town’s rich history, or simply soak in its vibrant culture, it is a place that should not be missed.

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