The art of making carpets developed in Central Asia several thousand years ago. From the first discovered Pazyryk-carpet to the royal courts of the Mughal Emperors carpets have played an integral role practically and decoratively.
Akbar, a Mogul emperor, is accredited to introducing the art of carpet weaving to India during his reign. The Mughal emperors patronized Persian carpets for their royal courts and palaces. During this period, he brought Persian craftsmen from their homeland and established them in India. Initially, these Mughal carpets showed the classic Persian style of fine knotting, then gradually the style blended with Indian art. Thus the carpets produced became typical of Indian origin and the industry began to diversify and spread all over the subcontinent.
Bhadohi, a district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, popularly known as the Carpet City of the world, is believed to have been discovered centuries ago by travelling Iranian weavers and is now at the centre of the handmade carpet industry in India contributing to nearly 75% of all exports. We're proud to be a part of this legacy, and to work with artisans who come with generational knowledge and skill.
A duet of Craft and Innovation
Kaati comfortably transitions between timeless classics and contemporary global trends. We authentically manufacture the traditional way while innovating process mechanisms to create more mindful products.
Design led and with a keen eye on details we bridge the gap between generational knowledge and creation of new dyes, yarns and textures to create uniqueness in everything we do.
How it's made
Inspiration & Design
Explore, experience, research, travel... inspiration is everywhere and we like learning more about everything that excites us, and that we translate into moodboards that further lead to creating designs for our rugs.
..Maps & CADs
From artistry to science, our technicians bring their expertise using state-of-the-art tools and a vast knowledge of colours, weaves, and the entire rug making process. Every design is converted into a real-time render of what the finished piece will look like ... The first look for a client / and is converted into a Map (Naksha) akin to a graph that tells the weaver how to knot / weave the rug
from colours to weaves.
important step to convert rug design to reality
amount of colour to be dyed / division of design / number of knots to be woven
Colour & Dyeing
The CAD defines the amount of kaati to be dyed in each colour / colours that have been developed in-house, use pom boxes to choose colours going up to 1700 colours to choose from / covering the entire spectrum / even Use pantone colours or fabric swatches to match colours. We only use colours that don't bleed through our processes.
Dye masters responsible to match colours and how to achieve them, we do small and large batch dyeing
The Loom & Weaving
handMade to the size of the rug with / main structure on which the rug is woven / the foundation of the carpet / Warp / taana / weft / types of looms
Washing & Drying
Handwashed for opening the fibers to enhance the lustre / softening of the yarn / tightens yarn / wooden paddles back & forth, soapy water /
the rugs are stretched on ...and dried in the sun / gets the rug to the right shape and size (dimension) around a week /
The dry rugs are clipped by hand to remove excess fibers.
If the design demans for it, skilled artisans hand texturize / emboss the rug with special scissors. high low
Binding (pichai) of the sides to give the rug a defined even shape.
Our quality testing team checks each piece inch by inch for any fibers that need further clipping / matching colours & design against the cad / loose knots / pile heights and overall quality standards.
We ship worldwide to your doorstep. The process is managed by our logistics team that keeps clients up to date with the delivery status.
Types of weaves