The history of carpet weaving goes back many hundreds of years on the Indian sub-continent. The Moghul conquerors first taught the local captives that were incarcerated to weave to occupy their time in captivity. This spread out into the local population around the great cities of Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi. Weaving is concentrated in these areas including Nepalese and Tibetan style rugs in the Varanasi area as Buddha is buried at the holy sight of Sarnath nearby. India has benefitted from inexpensive labour and the ready access to the great quality wools of Australia and New Zealand being part of the British Commonwealth.