Karur : Home Textiles City
Karur District is a district located along the Kaveri and Amaravathi rivers in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu,
Karur is famous for its home textiles. Karur has a niche in five major product groups — bed linens, kitchen linens, toilet ,linens, table linens and wall hangings. Overall Karur generates around Rs.6000 crores in foreign exchange through direct and indirect exports. Allied industries like ginning and spinning mills, dyeing factories, weaving etc., employs around 450,000 people in and around Karur.
On the international textile map, Karur has become synonymous with hand loom made-ups first as Tirupur in the hosiery product. The weaving industry came to Karur from Kerala and has earned a reputation for its high quality hand-loom products today. Hand loom exports from Karur began on a modest scale with just 15 exporters in 1975 and today Karur has thousands of exporters and the products are supplied to world leading chain stores like Walmart, Target, IKEA, Åhléns etc.
The hand-loom products being exported have been broadly classified under three heads viz., kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furnishing items. Some of the hand loom made-ups exported from Karur are bedspreads, sheet sets, towels, floor rugs, tea towels, napkins, aprons, kitchen towels, pot holders, plate mats, bath mats, tea mats, curtains, pillows, quilt covers, shower curtains.