Colourful and elegantly designed Carpets are available in Jaipur which have a wide export market. The industry existed and flourished right from the days of Maharaja Sawai Ram singh 2 (1835-1880), who established weaving workshops in prisons. It was from here that finest knotted pile carpets, kilims and embroidered materials were produced. The motifs generally used were the flora, fauna, landscapes, human figures and geometrics. Sawai Man Singh is envited weavers from Herat, the famous carpet centre in Afghanistan to set up looms in Jaipur and train local weavers.
Today, Jaipur is knows for Indo-Heratic designs in carpet arena. Although, with time the motifs have been largely localized, but the Persian influence on the hand knotted carpets produced here is quite evident. Durries are the humble country cousins of majestic carpets. It was once spread under carpets or beds , but in recent past they are in vogue in high fashion circles and are being used as alternate to carpets. Hand woven durries manufactured in Jaipur are known for the remarkable geometric patterns and colors. They command a sizable market segment in India as well as abroad. The namdas or felt rugs are soft woollen druggets with basic colours and are decorated with embroidery and applique work. Tonk and Jaipur are the main producing centr of namdas. This floor covering rug is widely used in Rajasthan. It can also be used as wall hangings.