Carpet Artificer

Rug Maker

Rug Weaver

Carpet Craftsman

Carpet Maker

The tasks a Carpet Weaver (Carpet & Rug) is expected to perform include:

Operating one or more looms equipped with pile-wire mechanism to weave the carpeting

Moving the lever to open the shed

Inserting a specified number of pile wires through the shed in a sequence to produce the pile

Forcing the cop of filling into the shuttle using a mallet and inserting the shuttle into the loom

Placing the wax in the holder to lubricate the pile wires as the wires enter and are withdrawn from the shed

Starting the loom and observing the weaving to detect exhausted filling packages, mispicks, and irregular cutting of the pile

Replacing the exhausted filling, inserting pile wires into the missed loops, and replacing dull cutting blades

Knowledge of operating multiple looms using a pile-wire mechanism

Well-versed with the sequence of piles that need to be produced

Well-versed in detecting the irregular cutting of the pile and mispicks

Ability to replace blunt cutting blades and exhausted filling

Knowledge of using wax to lubricate pile wires

Good hand-eye coordination skill

Manual dexterity

Will be updated


Precision in work

Eye for detail

Accuracy in work

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Being self-employed is an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Factories usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards include asthma, respiratory morbidity, obstructive lung diseases, allergic skin rashes, minor burns, etc.

Health hazards include exposure to dust, hot wax, etc.

For freshers - INR 50 to INR 150 per day

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 150 to INR 300 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Handicrafts & Carpet Industry

The Indian carpet industry is primarily an export oriented industry. There are 1215 carpet manufacturing units recorded and out of that 190 are in the organized sector and the rest are in the small scale industry sector. There are a lot of opportunities available for the carpet industry in terms of improving the productivity and quality of raw materials at reasonable prices, necessary capabilities including R&D facilities for improvement of fibre quality and development of specialized fibres/yarns, as the market always demands new products, patterns & designs.

The speciality of Indian carpets lies in its exquisite designs with natural and traditional motifs, subtle elegance, attractive colour combinations and excellent workmanship. Currently, India commands the second position in the world market of handmade carpets.

Growth Estimates and the Latest Trends in the Handicrafts & Carpet Sector in India

The carpet Industry is one of the prime industries that is entirely demand-driven. Indian carpet exporters based on demand are now manufacturing woollen hand-tufted carpets that have a ready demand abroad. It was surprising to learn that exporters did not manufacture for the domestic market. Demand at home is minimal because of India?s tropical climate. Also, carpets are one of the high end furnishing items for middle class Indians. For example, we found out during our survey that a medium quality, average sized (5 feet by 8 feet) carpet will cost around INR 25,000- 30,000. The price of an Indian made carpet thus becomes comparatively high for Indian households.

On an average, one tufted carpet goes through approximately 30-35 pairs of hands from the time an order for a carpet is placed with an exporter. It would take 7-10 days to finish a tufted carpet of five inches by eight inches size and of medium quality. In current times, there is a heavy demand for low-quality tufted carpets rather than high-quality hand knotted carpets.

The Indian carpet industry is a unique industry and is expected to grow in the near future but with the channelization and organization of the industry. The carpet industry in India will flourish further because of the vast artistic skill in the form of artistic weavers. Then the labour cost here is also low which is another advantage and a favourable factor for growth. Carpet designs in India are very innovative. All these factors put together are only going to increase the job opportunities for a Carpet Weaver across towns and cities in India.

Handicraft and carpet factories across India


Towns and cities across India