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Traditional Indian charpai
Charpai pattern

Charpai,[1] Charpaya or Charpoy or Manji (Hindi : चारपाई, Urdu, Saraiki, Punjabi; char "four" + paya "footed") is a traditional woven bed used in the Indian subcontinent.

Charpai is well known due to its natural qualities mostly it is used in warm areas; its net is made out of cotton, natural fibres and date leaves.

Ibn Battuta describes them as having "four conical legs with four crosspieces of wood on which braids of silk or cotton are woven. When one lies down on it, there is no need for anything to make it pliable, for it is pliable of itself."[2]


  1. ^ Susan Corinne Jamart (1978). Charpai: Indian Cot Filling, a Visual and Technical Documentation. University of California, Berkeley. 
  2. ^ Battutah, Ibn (2002). The Travels of Ibn Battutah. London: Picador. pp. 185,317. ISBN 9780330418799.