Siva Oriental Rugs is one of the best Delhi shops for some exquisite carpets from Central Asia. If you are shopping in Delhi for rare carpets, you should 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. These are flat tapestry woven carpets from the Balkans that find use 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. Artisans make these carpets from 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. The shop also specialises in restoring and selling worn and antique carpets from various countries around the world. 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. Artisans weave these carpets in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. They cost anywhere from Rs. 5000 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.