The Shataranji of Rangpur
by Md. Imroz Shahriar Shaik
The main ingredient to produce Shataranji is the thread from Jute. Shataranjis are used for various purposes, such as, as wall mat, jaynamaj or simply carpet. As for design, there comes face of women, animals, shepherd, women with pitcher, boats, natural scenarios and many more. Sometimes the design is done according to the wish of the buyer.
The Shataranji (Checkered Carpet) of Rangpur is a traditional weaving artistry. Once, even to the emperors, it had special honor. The court of Mughal emperor Akbar used to be enlightened by Shataranjis. It had a use in the feast-seat of Jamindars. Along with the waterways, it was used to be exported to many countries. But time had passed with its own flow. With that flow this artistry was about to be lost even from Rangpur.
Recently this artistry has revived with its full vigor. Again, the Shataranji of Rangpur is being exported to many countries of Europe, North America etc. nowadays. Shataranjis are special type of checkered carpet. The word has come from Farsi “Shataranj”. Shataranj is the chess board. The design of Shataranji has a similarity with the chess board. So the name has taken from that word.
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