Bikaner has lots to offer to the art lovers. People can collect miniature paintings, handicraft items etc to take back home. These artifacts are available in small shops and do not sell on very high prices. However, it will depend upon your bargaining skills if you want to buy them at cheap rates. In Bikaner, tourists will get opportunities to buy rare antique items. These items can be found in small shops as well as in large handicraft stores spread throughout the city.
In Bikaner, Blue Glazed Pottery is also famous which was introduced by Muslims in India. The pottery is made of ground quartz stone and fuller`s earth instead of simple clay. The traditional colors are blue and white however yellow, pink and green colors are also introduced more recently. Most of these pots are hand-painted and showcase colorful floral patterns, animal figures and natural scenes. Bikaner is famous for its painted potteries which are tinted with lac colours.
Bikaneri carpets are also very famous which are available in a variety of sizes. The carpets are woven in villages near the city. In Bikaner, woolen dhurries made of camel fur can also be found to take home. In ancient times, huge carpets were specifically woven for the royal palaces. Bikaner is famous for its so-called jail carpets that were used to be weaved by the prisoners in the jail. Namdah is another floor covering that is widespread in Bikaner. This is actually a felted rug.
In Bikaner, the basic fabrics produced are those weaved in the handlooms. These are printed, dyed or embroidered to give an exotic look. There are various motifs and colors. The widely applied printing techniques are block printing and batik. Bikaner is also a popular center for the mirror work and applique.
In Bikaner, the art of making furniture is unique. Doors, windows, wooden jharokhas, tables with cast iron jaalis are quite popular. Bikaner has been the traditional centre for woodwork. Here delicately carved wooden doors are quite popular. In Bikaner, one can also find attractive marble table tops.