Hand Made rugs are real works of art. They take many months and in some cases years to create. The skills used are passed down from generation to generation. Many of these skills date back many thousands of years and remain largely unchanged. Most hand made rugs are the product of cottage industries in their countries of origin, often made in traditional dwellings in remote villages. This remains the case in countries such as India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey. Some countries, such as China, have removed the skills from the villages, and consolidated the production in large factory complexes. I will attempt in this section to give you a flavour of how a rug is made from start to finish in India. How to get from the Naksha (graphic depiction of design) on right, to the finished rug on the left. Please click on links below to view each process in more detail.