Pakistani Bukhara were initially made by nomadic tribes and eventually crafted in both Pakistan and India. Bokhara itself was a very important trade center in Turkestan—as carpets were collected from there, they adopted the town’s moniker as their namesake. At the moment, Bokhara carpets are considered a highly popular item on the market.
The manufacturing of carpets in Pakistan began in the same way as in India and when the country was separated from India most of the weavers, which were muslims, moved to the Pakistanian side. Most of them found jobs in Lahore and Karachi, and at the same time the government began to support the import of quality yarn.
Pakistani Bukhara carpets are manufactured nowadays with fine Australian wool yarn making these carpets very similar to silk carpets. Carpets with a high knot density provides strong durability at a lower price than its Persian parallels.
The Pakistani carpets, which today are mass-produced (in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpind), are divided into Mori carpets and Persian where 90% of the Mori carpets have a Bochara-like pattern and other Turkmenistan patterns. Ziegler carpets, that are manufactured in Pakistan, have patterns that are copied from older traditions in the Arak district, Persia. Carpets are also being manufactured here that gathers inspiration from Caucasian carpets and are sold as “Kazak Fine”.