Mirzapur carpets face demand outside, challenges inside

Sirtar Ahmed, a craftsman from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, talks about the world famous carpets made exclusively in his town. Mirzapur carpets are completely handmade and come in various colours and they don’t fade.

While these carpets are in high demand, the artisans say that nowadays, there is the problem of labour shortage. According to Sirtar, this problem can be addressed if adequate marketing is done.

Carpet making has been an ancestral business in Sirtar's family and he would like his kids to take the tradition forward.

“We want people to know about Mirzapur carpets. Future generations should take the league forward, else it will disappear,” he says.

Global rugs and carpet market projection

According to Global Carpets and Rugs Market Research Report for the period between 2018-2023, the carpet and rugs market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of four percent. The growth in the sector can be attributed to an increase in renovation activities taking place in both residential and non-residential spaces.

The report states the Asia-Pacific region is projected to grow with the highest CAGR, owing to the presence of nations like India, which has a huge number of unorganised carpets and rugs manufacturers. Apart from its aesthetic utility, carpets and rugs also help in maintaining temperatures in extremely cold regions.

(Video: Mohit Sabharwal)

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