In India, Kashmir is the only region
where walnut trees grows . Walnut is a soft wood, so
craftsmen do fine carving on walnut wood Carving is the
demonstration of the carver's skill, and walnut take it
very well, being one of the strongest varieties of wood.
There are two types of walnut trees - one is the fruit
bearing tree whose wood is well known, and the other
which bears no fruits, is locally known as 'zangul'.
Zangul is less strong & has none of the beauty of walnut
Chinar leaves, vine leaves and flowers like lotus &
roses are some of the popular designs, which can be
either carved along borders or can fill entire surfaces.
The artistry of the carving and its abundance dictates
the cost. The ranges of furniture can be from simple bed
side table to a dining table or a double bed
Wood-carving is one of the most popular cottage
industries of the Kashmir valley.
The Kashmiri specialty of woodcarving is Khatam-band
which has the geometrical patterns on the ceilings of
rooms. wood carvings beautifully done on the cabinets,
chairs, tables, jewelry boxes and ornamental caskets
produced in Kashmir. Wood carving is also done on a
large scale on the doors, walls and windows of
traditional Kashmiri houses.