traditional flat woven Indian durries have long been overshadowed by luxuriant Mughal pile carpets. Dhurrie, the first comprehensive book on these ancient flat woven rugs, presents the dhurrie as a significant floor covering from the Indian subcontinent.

Transcending social boundaries, the dhurrie was used by commoner and royalty alike: at its simplest it was a multi-purpose textile used as floor covering, bedding or packaging, while at its most elaborate – woven with the finest fibres and enhanced by gold-wrapped thread – it graced the palaces of royalty

This book traces the dhurrie’s past: from the shadows of prehistoric India, the Lavish Mughal courts and the bustling commerce of British India, to the present day. It catalogues nearly a hundred old dhurries, including tradional prayer rugs with domed mosques, dhurries with classic stripes and ornate geometrical designs as well as a collection of the most beautiful pictorial flatweaves.

Dhurrie also introduces the weavers of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and is a guide to the dhurrie’s many stages of development: from the selection and dyeing of yarn to the actual processes of weaving, washing and finishing.

Having revitalized the dying craft of dhurrie weaving, Shyam Ahuja – whose name is synonymous with the modern Indian dhurrie – describes his intense involvement with this flatwoven rug. Drawing inspiration from sources as unexpected and diverse as a Versailles ceiling, the Scottish tartan and the traditional Indian paisley, he presents a selection of his favourite designs.

Exhaustively researched and abundantly illustrated with over 300 colour pictures, Dhurrie documents the history and development of Indian’s flatwoven rugs.