It is a beautiful piece. The colours. The embroidery, which is very traditional but so vibrant. Crewel embroidery using silk thread has been practiced in Kashmir for the longest time. It owes it’s origin to the Persian influence which permeates every aspect of Kashmiri life. This small 3ft by 5ft. rug is hand embroidered using the oldest techniques of crewel embroidery. This work is so exquisite that often these are framed and used as wall pieces.
Story of Craft: Crewel Embroidery, or Crewel work, is a decorative form of surface embroidery using wool and a variety of different embroidery stitches to follow a design outline applied to the fabric. Kashmiris are known as master embroidery artisans. The beautiful environment of Kashmir naturally creates in the minds of its inhabitants a keen and intelligent appreciation of nature and its beauties. Damascus traders are said to have brought this craft to Kashmir in the 13th century. Crewel embroidery now has deep roots in local soil, having developed into an important craft. The crewel technique is not a counted-thread embroidery (like canvas work), but a style of free embroidery.