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truck painting art of Pakistan

Updated on April 2, 2012

Truck art of Pakistan

The truck art of Pakistan is eye catching, astonishing and very colorful. Truck painting art is indigenous art of Pakistan. The floral pattern, calligraphy, poetic verses, human depicts and catchy sentences written on it, make this truck art worth watching.

In Pakistan, the owners of buses and trucks have been decorating their vehicles with great zeal for many years. These adorned trucks vehicles running on the roads, seems like a moving art. The owners, after purchasing their trucks, bring them to the truck art painters to get them painted and adorned. Each part of the truck is decorated with unique style; this unique style depends upon the taste and regional belonging of the owner and it costs him $3,000 to $5,000.

The experts of truck art in Pakistan, claims that, just by looking at truck’s decorations, they can tell that which region the owner belongs to. The trucks of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtonkhawah, has a lot of wood trimming, trucks of Rawalpindi has plastic decoration on them, trucks of Karachi have reflective tapes, in rural Sindh, trucks are decorated with camel bones.

Dr, Peter Grant, in 1995, saw this unique truck art of Pakistan and got amazed. He did some research on this art and according to him, the roots of this indigenous truck art of Pakistan goes back to the time of British Raj. The craftsmen used to decorate carriages drawn by horses, for the gentry. In 1920, the Kohistan bus company, asked Elahi Bukhsh, the master craftman, to decorate their buses to attract the passengers. Elahi Bukhsh employed a group of artists from Chiniot,a town of Punjab. The ancestors of these artists had worked on many palaces and temples, dated back to Moughal Empire. Later on, truck owners adopted this art for their trucks.

A French doctor, Vincent Loos, painted his foxy with this truck art of Pakistan. He took a trip on his foxy from Islamabad to Paris, with his two friends, Dr.Haroon Khan and Salman Rashid. His foxy was named as “Foxy Shehzadi” means “foxy Princess”.



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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      @hummingbird5356: This is indeed a beautiful and eye catching art. when I see it here in Lahore I feel like an art running on roads. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Pakistan and brought back good memories. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Hummingbird5356 4 years ago

      Beautiful! I saw many of these trucks when I visited Pakistan. A very good hub.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      @Angela Brummer: thanks for stopping and commenting. I wish this beautiful art could reach your country also and make your roads beautiful with running art.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      We have no pretty trucks here! :(

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      hi Nell,thank you very much for appreciating this indigenous art of pakistan. When you see them on road,it looks like a running art.thanks again for your valuable comment.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is really fascinating, they are beautiful, its a shame we don't all do this, voted up! cheers nell

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      alocsin thank you very much for stopping by and aprreciating.I would love to see the decoration of passenger jeepneys of philippines,that must have been exciting.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is quite fascinating and lovely. It reminds me of the decorating that the owners of passenger jeepneys do in the Philippines. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      @Suhail and my dog: I am so glad to know that museum of Ottawa have a painted pakistani bus and you had the chance to take pictures of them,its really amazing and I am feeling proud of my culture. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your valuable experience.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      @Becky Katz:I will file a DMCA with google.this is very frustrating that they are copying everything from hubpages and hubpages are not taking any action against them. Becky thank you very much for doing such a favour and informing me with this issue. I am very grateful to you.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 6 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      A painted Pakistani Bus was run in Melbourne earlier and there is one housed in the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. I was able to take lots of pictures of the bus in Ottawa hahaha.

      Very nice read. Thank you Uzma for sharing.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have found out more about that site. They are copying everything from HubPages. File a DMCA with Google. They will shut the site down.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      @Becky Katz: thank you so much for informing me that my hub has stolen, i checked out the link and it made me very upset.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      @sgbrown: thank you very much for stopping by and appreciating. yes, pakistan has very unique and interesting culture and i am trying to share it with all of you. thanks again for voting up and sharing. you also have a wonderful day.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Your Hub has been stolen. I found it at This site has been lifting from hubpages a lot lately.

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is amazing! I had no idea. Very beautiful art work on these trucks. I thing Pakistan has a very unique and interesting culture. Voted up, interesting and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)


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