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Our History

Persian artists brought the art of carpet making to India. Humanyun, the first mogul Shah brought with him Tao of the leading Persian court painters & a love of art & craftsmanship. His son Akbar (1556-1606), one of the greatest mogul emperor, in whose reign all arts & crafts flourished. patro-nized various workshops for artistic products, mainly carpets. The art of carpet making flourished during Akbar’s reign & blossomed during the period of his grandson the builder of the Taj Mahal king Shahjahan, who got developed some carpets on the floral theme used in the Tajmahal. Some of the original creations that were developed in the 16 & 17 centuries now find their home in many renowned museums of the world like Metropolitan museum of art in New York, Victoria & Albert hall museum in London, musee des tissues in lyon, Los Angeles county museum of art in California. At cottage industry we try to recreate those wonderful pieces of art in various sizes & colors.

Traditionally, Agra and Lahore were the major weaving centers during the time of the Mughal rule. The art of carpet-making was brought to India by the Persian artisans in the Mughal era.

Before the partition, the founder’s father used to live in a small village, Vasu near Lahore. He was meticulously involved in the weaving of rugs. During the time of partition, Mr. Krishan Kalra, the founder, was a mere toddler. The family migrated from that small village to Amritsar, from Amrit-sar, they moved to Delhi and then finally settled in Agra. Since they were a part of the weaving community, he started weaving with the family members on two looms in his house. Following that, the final product was handed to the exporters who further sent them abroad. When Mr. Krishan grew up and joined the business he started with a small retail outlet with the help of this weaving community. They tried to gather the stock and started the retail outlet of about 600 sq. ft. thus, when the tourists visited Agra (Taj) they visited his little outlet. That's how this venture took shape and the close knit weaving community prospered from it.

To carry forward this family heirloom, Mr Sanjay Kalra, his son, gained expertise in Mughal art and architecture. He specialises in mughal designs, those inspired from the Taj mahal and the rich history of India. Through his study and expertise, they re-created some beautiful patterns, their original pieces (from the time of the Mughals) can still be found in museums all around the world.

Mr. Sanjay Kalra joined the business in 1990's and within a few years he was able to build a 16,000 square feet showroom for retail. Today, about 750 families and almost a labour force of about 2000 people is a part of this family.