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Siva Oriental Rugs

"This is one of the best Delhi shops for some exquisite carpets from Central Asia. If you are shopping in Delhi for rare carpets , you would do good to visit this store in the Shahpur Jat shopping market. A flight of stairs transports you to a world of oriental rugs. Wonderful carpets and rugs from Iran, Afghanistan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan and Kashmir. are all laid out. The breath-taking creations are sourced from village craftsmen in various countries. Unique, traditional patterns in vibrant colours like red, brown, crème, and black and white make the carpets stand out. Particularly spectacular are the kilims (flat tapestry woven carpets from the Balkans, normally used as decoratives or as prayer mats). Kilims are also used as floor carpets in Western countries these days. There is a good collection of carpets and kilims in wall-to-wall sizes as well as non-standard sizes to fit required spaces. The carpets are made of wool and silk. The prices are at Rs. 5,000 for very small rugs, Rs. 9,000 for a 3 by 4 feet carpet and Rs. 12,000 for the 4 by 6 feet carpet. The more expensive carpets bear prices that range from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 2 lakh each. The prices depend on the material, size and antique value. Worn and antique carpets from various countries around the world are also restored and sold. The shop is big and well-lit and has been around for many years. The owners also have a smaller showroom close by . This is a basement shop for cushions, Indian dhurries, shaggy carpets and woollen carpets. These carpets are woven in the Indian e State of Uttar Pradesh. They cost anywhere from Rs5000 to Rs 10000/piece. In addition to the carpets, they stock some colourful poofs and floor cushions. They are colourful because of the colored threads used in the embroidery and the applique work that is done on the coverings of these pieces. These pieces are created in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The staff is friendly and pays attention to your needs and the owner is usually present to give you special guidance. You would find value for money in the products that you buy in this Delhi shop."
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Rajasthali – Rajasthan Government Emporium

The state emporium of Rajasthan, Rajasthali is a treat for visitors. They have an amazing variety of handicrafts, sculptures and art work. Makrana (a place in Nagaur district of Rajasthan State where milky white stone is mined) marble statues are a big attraction. The intricate and ornamental marble work has earned Rajasthan a rightful preeminent place in this art form . It is not unusual to find marble work with gold embossing. Fine filigree and trellis work adorn marble pillars, furniture, figurines and tableware. Elephant shaped pieces in makrana, meenakari (enamelling) and wood are very attractive. A pair of huge marble elephants would cost Rs. 2.5 lakh. But not to despair, there are affordable miniatures as well! Another attraction is the blue pottery from Jaipur: vases, ashtrays, plates and tiles that are totally besotting. Camel leather shoes and jootis are popular and so are the low slung foldable chairs, chowkis or bajots (very low tables, often used for religious purposes) jhoolas (swings) and puja mandaps (pedestals for worship) – all made from wood and painted in vibrant colours. Miniature paintings on camel bones and paper which narrate tales from the royal past of the Shekhawati region are famous and cost around Rs. 8,000 per piece. Check out the wide range of saris in cotton, chiffon, georgette and silk and sporting different names, depending on their place of origin or method of creation. You have Sanganeri, Bagru, Barmeri, Khari, Leheria, Zari Kota Doria, Mothda, Bandhej, they are all available. Also, make sure you pick up the light weight Jaipuri quilt (razai) , with cotton block prints. This eco-friendly comforter is a must have.
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Kinari Bazar

Bridal lehengas -Kinari Bazar Firstly, if there is a wedding in the family, Kinari Bazar in delhi is the place to go for shopping. There are shops and more shops that stock bridal lehengas and wedding wear sarees. The bridal lehengas start from Rs15000/piece and can go up to more than Rs1,00,000/piece. Walk around in Kinari Bazar and Nai Sadak. There are lanes and alleys that will lead you to small shopping markets in Chandni Chowk. The lanes are stocked with shops selling bridal lehengas . Many of them are wholesalers. They are hence able to share a reasonable price for the bridal lehengas. As the lehenga is to be worn just once, many brides do not wish to spend exorbitant sums of money on them. Bridal lehengas – Kinari Bazar have some of the best collection. All the wedding essentials-Bridal trousseau The market is known for all types of wedding finery – sehra or grooms turbans, ornate lehengas, bridal veils, gold brocade sherwanis, in fact the entire bridal trousseau is available both on hire and for sale. There are countless little shops selling garlands made of gold and silver tinsel, crisp currency notes, colourful beads, colourful gleaming sequins and so on. Ornate borders in Kinari Bazar In embroidery, kinari means edging or borders – so the small market is replete with ribbons and borders for saris and salwars. The collection is huge – plain, silver and gold textured patterns, gold strings, mirror-work, kundan, sequin, lace, embroidery, embellishments galore! The borders come in lots of colours and varying widths, from thin ribbon strings to four-inch borders for lehengas. Borders are normally sold as nine-meter pieces and cost anything between Rs. 400 and Rs. 3000 each ,depending on the work. This market also has some shops which sell gift boxes, tissue cloth bags, ribbons and gold- plated trays for weddings or special occasions. Also available at Kinari Bazar are aesthetic gift wraps and envelopes for gift cheques and cash as well. For more such shop reviews, search on Shopkhoj

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