Chiniot is a city and the administrative headquarter of Chiniot District, in the state of Punjab,Pakistan. Located at the bank of the river Chenab with the heads of small rocky hills, it is known throughout Pakistan for its intricate wooden furniture and architecture.
It is located at the intersection of the Faisalabad-Sargodha and Lahore-Jhang roads. It is 158 kilometres north-west from Lahore and 38 kilometres North of Faisalabad. Chiniot city is spread over an area of 10 square kilometers with an average elevation of 179 meters (587 ft). In the center of river a (Committed) worship center (or Chilla Gah) of a great Muslim's Sufi Bu Ali Shah Qalandar is located.
In Chiniot people celebrate Islamic occasions with great arrangements. As on 12 Rabi' al-awwal, 1440th birthday celebration of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, people of Chiniot arranged 63-maund cake, one of the largest cakes in the world. That function was arranged in the Darbar Aalia Wadi Aziz Sharif. Urs of Hazrat Mian Rehmat Sahib at khoi mian rehmat sahib (Icharwal)
Chiniot is world famous for its exotically carved and brightly lacquered furniture. Chinioti craftsmen and artisans have for centuries carved flowers and geometric pattrens ontocellulose fibres. Masons from Chiniot are thought to have been employed during the construction of Taj Mahal and Golden Temple, both now in India.
Despite the knowledge and century old traditions employed in Chinioti woodmaking, the Pakistani government has made little effort to promote and market its Punjabi furniture industry. A lack of vocational education and training centres in Chiniot means that modern working techniques are rarely used. The lack of computer aided design (CAD) also serves as a hindrance to modern manufacturing. Rather it needs at least one technical university in place to compete the gloabal updation.
Furniture making in Chiniot forms a vital part of Pakistan's secondary industry and is also essential to the Punjabi regional economy. Internationally, Chiniot competes with the most modem furniture industry of Italy which is known all over the world. The carving style of Italy and Chiniot is the same but the furniture here is more durable.
Chiniot is noted for its food dishes, especially "Kunna" (goat meat cooked in an earthen pot. This pot is locally called kunna after which dish name is famous).