About the Craft: The heart of Dhurrie weaving lies in the centre of Mirzapur in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh, known to bring high quality hand-knotted carpets with nearly 400 knots per square inch! The carpet weaving centers across Varanasi and Bhadohi were set up by a Persian master weaver in the 17th century. The beautiful yet strenuous process comprises several steps, including dyeing, designing and weaving, thus embodying various skill sets in one product. These carpets were mostly based on the Persian designs but due to changing times now, modern patterned carpets are also manufactured.
About the Artist: Amit Baranwal the son of Mr. Gopinath Baranwal is the 2nd generation weaver of Mirzapur Durries and carpets. His father was known as Bidzar king in the floor-covering industry and started manufacturing floor rugs in 1977. Although his father always wanted him to join his rug’s industry, he could never introduce Amit to the trading sector. Due to family partitions, his father had to sell property in order to pay back the loans.
As the younger generation, he started the business from scratch. Having learnt skills of rug manufacturing since childhood,his lack of experience was a big setback for him. His father did not show much support, and his inexperience often led others to take advantage of him. However, in 2014, he set up his first manufacturing unit and in 2016, he met with the Dastkar staff who helped him scale it further up.