Carpets are one of the major buys while shopping in Srinagar. Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in the centre of Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1730 m above sea level. Dotted with tranquil lakes, beautiful gardens and quaint houseboats, Srinagar is renowned for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, Kashmiri clothes and dry fruits.
There are several places worth a visit in Srinagar while on a tour to Jammu and Kashmir. The most popular tourist attractions of Srinagar are Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Dal Lake, Hari Parbat Fort, Shankaracharya Temple, Hazratbal Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, Nishat Gardens, etc. Besides, you can go for shopping in the various markets in Srinagar, and pick up some wonderful articles like carpets.
Among the famous handicrafts in Srinagar are the exquisite carpets. These carpets, woven by Kashmiri artisans, are marked by delicate designs and ornamentations. They come in subtle colors, and are known for their durability.
The material composition of pure silk carpets is 80% silk yarn and 20% cotton yarn with more than 400 knots per square inch. These hand knotted carpets are designed with bird and animal motifs, or thematic designs like historical romances, or intricate motifs and patterns inspired from nature to hunting scenes.
A popular variety of Srinagar carpet is the decorative handmade embroidered floor coverings or Chain-stitch Rugs. Comprising of 65% Wool or Silk yarn and 35% cotton yarn, these vibrant floor coverings are a result of intricate needlework.
Srinagar is also the main carpet producing centre of staple/synthetic carpets. These are synthetic hand knotted carpets (256 knots per square inch) with a feel of silk. These aesthetic carpets are woven in classical and contemporary designs and colors.