History of Tibetan Carpets


History of Tibetan Carpets in Nepal is old age traditional making Tibetan Carpets in Nepal. Also art of weaving this technique is also done in mountainous region of Nepal. Reason for growing Nepalese Carpet business worldwide is credit goes to Swiss Association for Technical Assistance (SATA) in early 1960s at Ekantakuna Jawlakhel, Lalitpur.  SATA in 1960s helped Tibetan refugees to promote this old age art of weaving traditional Tibetan carpet.

Chailsa Handicraft Centre (CHC) in Solu, Sallery is the first factory that SATA invest to produce Tibetan Carpets in Nepal. They also aided to make small air stripped to transport these products to Kathmandu. And later on two more carpet factories were launched in Kathmandu as Jawlakhel Handicraft Center (JHC) and Tashiling Handicraft Center (THC) in Pokhara. 

In the beginning of early 1960s, SATA has launched many other products that Tibetan refugees can produce in those days as source of income like Tibetan traditional shoes that redesigned for western use and also different types of settle bags, hand knitted blankets, sweaters etc to sells for locally. And also they send samples of these products with chair carpets designs like snow lion dancing to Switzerland. But only carpets took global market.

And today Tibetan Nepalese Carpets been exported to globally and carpet business is one of the major income source the country and this business helps for many Nepalese families as well as Tibetan refugees themselves.

Good old days in Tibet the weavers they weave 3x6 for their local market and they know the design by heart. They didn’t require any graph those days. Later on when carpet is introduced in Nepal in 1960s, and that time all the weavers are new and they need a type of pattern to weave. So, they used one 3x6 carpet on the loom and duplicate that design. Traditional designs are like lotus design, dragon designs, phoenix design, geometric designs and two colored checker designs. Today the weaver use computerized graphs that shows knot and lines.