BHADOHI is known by the name Carpet city as it is home to the largest hand-knotted
carpet weaving industry hubs in South Asia. The Indian Institute of Carpet Technology,
the only Institute of its kind in Asia was established here by the Ministry of Textiles in 2001.
History of Bhadohi
This place gets its name from Bhar Raj of the region which had Bhadohi as its capital.
There are several mounds and old tanks that have been named after the Bhar rulers,
a tributary of Kannauj kingdom. During the rule of Akbar, Bhadohi was made a dastur and included
in the sarkar of Allahabad. Bhadohi in 1911 came under first Maharaja of the newly
created princely state of Benares ruled by Maharaja Prabhu Narayan Singh.
Bhadohi district is biggest carpet manufacturing centre in India. It is known for its
hand-knotted carpet. The Mirzapur-Bhadohi region is the largest handmade carpet weaving
cluster, engaging around 3.2 million people in the industry. Bhadohi employs 22 lakh rural artisans. Carpet weaving in the region dates back to the 16th century
during the reign Akbar.The carpets of the region received the Geographical Indication tag, which means carpets manufactured in nine districts of the region,
Bhadohi, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Sonebhadra, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jaunpur and Chandauli would be tagged with handmade carpet of Bhadohi.
Well known carpet types from Bhadohi include cotton Dhurry, Chhapra Mir carpets, Loribaft, Indo Gabbeh.