Navalgund Durries, Geographically tagged in India, are woven Durries or a type of Indian rug with geometric designs, birds, and animal designs from Navalgund in Dharwad district of Karnataka in India.
This Durrie has been registered for protection under the Geographical indication of the Government of India.
Nuvulgund durrigullu, also known as ‘Jumkhaanaa’ Gullu in Kannada language, were initially made by a group of weavers of Bijapur who used to live in the Jumkhaan Gulli during the reign of Ali Adil Shah.
As a result of the war between the Adil Shahs and the Vijayanagar empire, the Jumkhaan weavers sought a safe place to pursue their trade, and so migrated to Nuvulgund, initially to trade in pearls but later settled down in the town, established looms and wove Durrigullu.
These Durrigullu are made exclusively by the women of the community, operating the looms at home. At one time, there were 75 women working on this handicraft, but due to lack of facilities and poor returns, now only some 35 women are engaged in the weaving of the rugs.
Traditional Muslim women of the Sheikh Sayeed community were confined to their homes, and hence this craft became their exclusive culture and a means at home to make a living.
This type of Durrie is not made at any other place. The artisans are quite secretive about their art of weaving these Durries, and the skill is taught only to their daughters–in-law and not to their daughters as after marriage they would go away to another family.