At Sanskriti we not only try to make shopping in Agra fun, but also value for every penny spent. Our visitors are well informed about the local markets in Agra by letting them encounter the famous art and craft in the old streets of the town so that our clients can have first-hand experience of the numerous shopping places in Agra.
Shopping in Agra should not be missed as the hustle and bustle of these local markets is dazzling. Agra shops have an arrayed variety in marble inlay, jewellery, hand-woven carpets & textiles. One can also bite into the famous sweet (dessert) called Petha, ending their visit in Agra on a sweet note.
The Agra Jail Carpet retain the same ancestry and heritage that's found in any Oriental and Persian carpet. Their array of designs, influences & colour gives them their own realm by carpet lovers. Agra rug is a fine and unique example of originality. The Indian city of Agra is home of the Taj Mahal & enjoys an extensive and notable tradition of carpet weaving. Agra was a major production centre for the best of the classical Mughal Carpets. The Mughal emperors not only introduced Persian art and culture in India but also had tremendous liking toward Persian carpets. The second Mughal Emperor Humayun had spent time in exile in Persia and had grown to admire the Persian arts, something the later Emperors remained connected to. Akbar founded the first school of carpet weaving in Agra as he declared Agra the capital of India in the year 1565.Read More
The artistic tradition of inlay of gemstones on marble dates back to 16th Century when it first made its appearance in Rome as "Pietra Dura". The Medici Grand Duke Ferdinando I of Tuscany founded the Galleria di'Lavori in 1588, today known as the Opificio delle Pietra Dura, for the purpose of developing art forms of his time. This concept of cutting, shaping, polishing and setting gem stones and precious materials in marble travelled all the way to India in the 17th century, during the reign of Mughals.
However, it touched zenith only under Emperor Shah Jehan, who was an ardent patron of art and architecture especially in white marble. This art came to be known in India as "Pachhikari" which literally meant inlay work. The most beautiful illustration of this unique artwork is the Taj Mahal, which is decorated with filigree work, stone relief work and above all "Pachhikari" on the cenotaph, walls and on the borders of Jali or filigreed enclosure. This art had reached near extinction during the colonial times as the due patronage from the royal families had finished.
The process of inlaying that ultimately culminates in the designing & creating of a masterpiece of marble inlay was mastered by the Mughal artists in the 17th century, which had largely remained unchanged retaining its originality for last 400 years.Read More
The unique art of beautiful embroidery in metal threads is called Zardozi, which was used to embellish tiaras, dresses of the royalties in India. It was also used to adorn walls of the royal tents, scabbards and in Palaces as wall hangings including the paraphernalia of regal elephants and horses. Zardozi involves making elaborate designs, using gold and silver threads and embedding pearls and precious stones in process of enhancing the magnificence of the work.
Akbar the Great patronised Zardozi, but under the rule of Aurangzeb, the royal patronage stopped and this led to the decline of the craft. Since the cost was too high and raw materials quite rare, craftsmen could not carry on with the embroidery being on their own. However, Present masters of embroidery introduced craft of embroidering using a combination of copper wire, with either gold or silver polish, and a silk thread while using precious & semi-precious stones sewn simultaneously in their piece of art keeping the art of Zardozi alive.Read More