Overview of Karupannya
Karupannya is another store on Station Road which sells Rangpur's famous Satranji handloom carpets, which have earned acclaim for their extraordinary aesthetic appeal. The carpets were made in the village of Nishbetganj and were greatly popular in the Mughal period. In fact, it is believed that emperor Akbar used these carpets to adorn his palace in Delhi.
Karupannya was founded by Shafiqul Alam Selim, who re-established the cottage industry of Satranji at Nishbetganj village. Starting with just five weavers, he has increased to more than 300 weavers today (March 2005) and is now exporting to foreign countries on a small scale. One can purchase a Satranji carpet at the Karupannya showroom in Rangpur or in Banani, Dhaka.
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