Since the Mughal times, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh has carved a niche for itself in the weaving of carpets. Later on, weaving also began in the Shahdol & Mandla belt. The carpet weavers of Madhya Pradesh are undisputed masters of not only weaving carpets but dyeing also. The coloring was earlier done by means of natural dyes, but presently it is being done with synthetic dyes as well.
Pattern is an integral part of knotted carpets and traditional patterns have continued with varying combinations since the last 200 years. Woolen carpets are available in vibrant colors with both floral and geometric designs. The weavers have used their ingenuity to transform traditional motifs into modern designs; drawing from the treasury of ancestral motifs: trees and flowers in carefully blended colors.
The weavers here are undeniable masters of not only weaving but dyeing too. Alas, as somewhere else in India, coloring is now done more with synthetic colors instead of eco-friendly natural dyes. Woolen carpets in vibrant colors with both floral and geometric designs are a good buy.