In 2011, it was listed as "Navalgund Durries" under the GI Act 1999 of the Government of India. Navalgund or Navalagunda is a panchayat town in Dharwad district in The Indian state of Karnataka. Navalagunda or Navilagunda means hill of peacocks. Navalgund is famous for Navalagunda durries.
Navalgund durries are woven durries or a type of Indian rug with geometric designs, birds, and animal designs from Navalgund in Dharwad district of Karnataka, India. These durries 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 art of making durries is passed on from generation to generation. The weavers have preserved the motifs of woollen carpets and now those motifs are the lifeline of these durries. What is interesting to see is that the weavers don’t refer to any manuals to create the designs. Instead, they weave from experience and memory, giving each durrie a distinct touch. Colour-wise, red is dominantly used as the background in most durries with yellow used to set other colours within it. Green, black and white are used as accent colours.