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Ladakh Carpets

Ladakh Carpets are a famous variety of carpets originating from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. These carpets are woven by the method of looping knots known as ‘Khabdan’ in local parlance. The Buddhists communities inhabiting in Ladakh mostly make these particular style of carpets.

As the main form of furnishings, these carpets are used for sitting during the day and sleeping at night, and spread for ceremonies and feasts. Khalidan and Tsukdan are two famous varieties woven in Ladakh.

Ladakh Carpet highlights a combination of the best material and the best weaving techniques. A vertical wooden loom, light in weight, is the only basis on which it is made. It requires simple wedges to tighten and tied the wrap thread, which are looped to the beams and tied together.

Ladakh Carpets depict images related to mythology. These designs are mainly inspired by the Mahayana Buddhist symbolism. Also, patterns such as Dragon (fairly common motif), Guanakchagri (Chinese, wall), Khorlo (three wheels), Tashi stak gyat (eight lucky signs), Mentok (flower) and Cha (birds) are used.

Updated on 14th January, 2016
District: Leh
Location: Ladakh

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