The carpet gallery inhabits in The Deendayal Hastkala Sankul (Center of Excellence) crafts museum. The work was completed in coordination with many Government departments and Institutes – Ministry of Textiles, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Indian Institute of Carpet Technology (IICT), Human Resource Development (HRD), under the administrative control of Development Design Creation and Development (DCD), Research and Development (R&D) and Technical service and support to Industry (TSI). The Museum was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi himself.
This gallery showcases popular Indian carpets and is a testament of the intricate detail work carpet weavers do every day to obtain each carpet – a piece of art. The space has been designed to serve as a first stop information center for carpets to help tourists, carpet business owners and individuals with personal interest increase their knowledge on the subject.
The gallery space has been divided into virtual segments covering History/Introduction, Process of carpet making, Types of specifications including materials, finishes, symbolic values, quality; Tools and equipment used in carpet making and Traditional and contemporary design styles along with Recent efforts made by government and private sector to uplift the carpet industry.
The physical space has been divided into three areas – Carpet making techniques and processes, Traditional carpet designs, and Contemporary designs section. The space has been planned to be left widely open and without barriers for carpets to allow visitors to stand as far and as close as possible and appreciate the grandness of carpet design and scale and the intricate hand – weaving done by traditional weavers respectively.
Amidst different kinds of carpets displayed on the walls, in the center of the main space – sit 3 arched vaults creating a tunnel / gateway affect. This gateway to the soul of carpet making has been designed and colored earthy red to showcase the symbolic values of colors, plants & animal motifs used traditionally – to depict nature, wildlife or mythical story; or beliefs and wishes of people, by weavers and artisans.
Focused lighting and dark gray color theme for all walls bring the focus directly on to the carpets and the stories they tell. The transition passage between processes and contemporary carpets is highlighted with suspended red strings representing abstract form of the loom on which carpets are weaved. This earthy red color complimenting the carpets have been added as a background color pop to uplift the overall ambiance of the muted gray space. The gray shades of graphics in background patterns have been chosen to further enhance the patterns of carpets displayed on their fronts.