6×4Ft Shahi Pure Wool Handmade Aari Embroidered Namda Rug
This is a beautiful large Namda rug of size 6×4 Feet. Its made of pure wool and is handmade. This specific rug is very special due to the “full embroidery” it takes around 4 weeks to create an embroidered felt rug like this.
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Namda rugs, also known as felt rugs, are a beautiful and unique craft that has been passed down through generations in the mountainous regions of Kashmir. Handcrafted from pure sheep wool, Namda rugs are created using traditional techniques that have been refined over centuries.
Collecting and Preparing the Wool
The process of making a Namda rug begins with the collection of pure sheep wool from the mountain areas of Kashmir. The wool is then cleaned and dyed to achieve the desired colors for the rug.
Creating the Namda Rug
The woolen flakes are spread evenly on a jute mat, with a minimum of three layers of dyed and natural wool – like a sandwich. The mat is then sprinkled with soap water and rolled tightly. The rolling process is done by tying up the mat and compressing it by rolling it on the floor with the help of hands and feet for a long time.
Once the rolling process is complete, the Namda rug is dry washed by local women and embroidered by hand with the Aari (needle hook). Traditionally, floral designs are used, but geometric and more modern designs are also possible.
History of Namda Rugs
The word “Namda” comes from the 11th century when the Mughal King Akbar was searching for a suitable cover for his cold-bitten horse. An old man named “Nubi” offered his felt covering, which he had made himself. It was beautifully embroidered, and Akbar was so impressed by the workmanship that he bestowed great honors to “Nubi” and his village. The craft of making Namda rugs became famous, and the tradition has been passed down through generations.
Originally, the Sufi saint Sha-e-Hamadan brought this and other crafts from Persia to Kashmir. It is said that he believed in the idea of “teaching a man to fish” rather than just giving him a fish. This philosophy is reflected in the craft of making Namda rugs, as it requires skill and knowledge that is passed down from one generation to another.
Namda rugs are not just beautiful works of art; they are also an important part of Kashmiri culture and tradition. The process of making these rugs is time-consuming and requires great skill and attention to detail. Each rug is a unique piece of art that tells a story of the rich history and culture of Kashmir. Whether you are looking for a traditional or modern design, a Namda rug is a timeless addition to any home.