The World’s Largest Handmade Carpet, Crafted by Hands | Bhadohi | India

Designed over a period of 6 months, the carpet was commissioned for The Grand Mosque of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the largest mosque in Central Asia.

Occupying a floor area of 12,000 sq m, this is the world’s largest handmade carpet, created by Hands in the bustling carpet city of Bhadohi, India. Designed over a period of 6 months, the carpet was commissioned for The Grand Mosque of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the largest mosque in Central Asia. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) presents here more details of this world's largest carpet. Read on:

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In the summer of 2021, when the world was in the throes of the pandemic, looking for every sign of hope, courage and resilience, a colossal project was underway in the bustling carpet city of Bhadohi, India. The making of the world’s largest handmade carpet, in the Patodia production facility was commissioned for The Grand Mosque of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the largest mosque in Central Asia. 

Manifesting the seemingly impossible

At 12,000 m², the world’s largest handmade carpet stands as one of the rarest feats in the history of art. Here are a few highlights of the colossal carpet.

  • A 12,000 m² carpet with a medallion 70 m in diameter
  • 80 tonnes of 100% New Zealand wool spun and dyed to perfection
  • The work of more than a thousand craftsmen, made over a period of 6 months
  • Installed in 50 days at the peak of the pandemic

The design is an extension of two things: one, the circle with 8 axes that forms the centrepiece of the main courtyard, and two, the mosque gardens that draw design inspiration from Jannat-ul-Firdaus

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This rare accomplishment in carpetmaking artistry and scale is not just a product of masterful craftsmanship but also of a manufacturing process driven by excellence. From the spinning of the yarn to the installation of the carpet on site, everything was executed by Patodia Contract. Among others, the company’s manufacturing prowess includes: 

  • A production capacity of over 25,000 m² per month
  • A vertically integrated production process for quality control at every level
  • In-house dyeing of yarns for countless colour variations
  • Own highly experienced installation team to ?nish the job at the site

Perfection in every detail

Often, it can take just one small structural deficiency to create a problem that will manifest only when the carpet is being installed. Patodia Contract’s in-house Planning and Estimation units therefore worked to provide immediate assistance and guidance when required. Taking every detail of the mosque architecture into account: the principal chandelier, the corners, the flooring, the converging walls, the pillars and so much more.

Communication being key, and as always, a highly flexible collaboration model was adopted – both at the development stage and even after production. Where the client, designers got to direct all aspects of the production effort, to which the team at Patodia Contract brought their experience to assist and innovate.

Today, as the carpet lies in its permanent abode, The Grand Mosque of Nur-Sultan, it tells a compelling tale of hands that have honoured time and tradition—elevating creativity and its scale. For the world to behold.

About the company

Founded in 1881, in Bhadohi near Varanasi, by Mr A. Tellery (a pioneer of Indian handmade carpets), the business passed on to the Patodia family some decades later. Now, it is the second generation of Patodias who run the show.

Today, the brand is housed in some of the world’s most prestigious palaces, luxury hotels, and residences. But the crowning glory lies in having crafted one of the world's finest hand knotted carpet - with an incredible 4900 knots per square inch. While the label caters to clients across the world, Hands has presence in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Dubai and Singapore.

New Hands collections are introduced every season. There is also the bespoke design - completely custom-made, designed, sized, and crafted around a unique, personal expression.

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