Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre
Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre information
Anyone who appreciates carpets should visit this Tibetan refugee cooperative, where Nepal’s enormous carpet industry was essentially born in 1960. You can watch the carpet-makers at work (the centre employs 1000 refugees) before shopping upstairs for the finished article. The quality is high, there is a good selection, the prices are fixed, credit cards are accepted and staff can arrange shipping for you. Carpet quality depends on knots per inch and the price is worked out per sq metre. A 60-/100-knot carpet made with Tibetan wool costs around US$100/220 per sq metre. The size of a traditional Tibetan carpet is 1.8m by 90cm.