The art of weaving in Kashmir was introduced in the latter part of the 15th century by the king Zain-ul-Abidin, who had imported it from Persia. In the Central and South Asian region Persia had a reputation as the land of high art. Kashmiri carpets and shawls still follow the tradition of intricate geometric and calligraphic motifs and its beauty lies in the detailed needlework. The art flourished in the time of the Mughals and the tradition continued even during the troubled times of the A