Traditionally the woodwork in Swat was limited to house doors, making rafts and batons, ornamentally wooden arches, domes, carved doors of mosques and Hujras. There were simple wooden chairs weaved with animal skin’s strips. Big cupboards which stood on four legs and a small opening, with sliding door were used. They were called ‘Thawnai’ and were used to stock household quilts etc. But with the new setup of Swat State, services of more sophisticated craftsmen were needed.
In fields where the locals could not have a role or skill, half literate men from outside the State rushed to Swat and got the jobs. Similarly dancing female along with their music bands filled the vacuum in this profession as well.
Furniture industries were also short of professional experts as people needed to have chairs, tables and sofa sets in those houses who could afford it. So a few families related to furnishing jobs came to Swat with their families and settled in Mingora, the booming trade hub in Swat. Those carpenters mostly came from Mardan and after some time bought lands and constructed large houses and wood work factories in expanding city of Mingora. I would like to mention some names of those men who got much wealth, the goodwill of the rulers of Swat and the Swati people as well. These included:
1. Haji Khan Gul
2.Haji Inzar Gul
They also got the contracts of supplying furniture to the Schools in the State, Rest Houses, Hospitals, Offices and Courts in all the Tehsils and the State Secretariat. Hence they flourished and most of them permanently settled in Swat. Now it is their third generation in Swat. The most famous among them is Farid Gul who has established the well-known ‘Fine Furniture’ in Qambar, Swat. They have a very spacious Show Room which are beautifully decorated, use latest machinery and high paid craftsmen.