Carpet and Namdas
The Rajasthani carpet is but a true expression of the workers' simple philosophy, his sensitive perception of nature and its changing moods convincingly translated into the craft. The color combinations are lovely and worksmanship exquisite.
It is a treasure that lasts a lifetime. From Bikaner and Tonk come also the gaily-patterned, felt 'numdahs' or small rugs. A Durree is a cool, light rug. Rajasthani durries are smooth and closely woven. Pastel shades and a sparse use of geometrical and vegetable motifs are popular. Jaipur is a thriving centre for carpets and durrees today.
Soft woollen druggets, in basic colors are decorated with embroidery and appliqué work. Rajasthani namdas stand out for their simplicity and design. The main production centre is Tonk.
Rajasthani hand-woven cotton durries also called 'Panja' durries are known for their remarkable geometric patterns and colors. They not only command sizable markets in India, but also overseas.