Through the lens: Chawri Bazar, first wholesale market of Old Delhi established in 1840

It is claimed to be Asia's biggest market of paper and wedding cards.

Through the lens: Chawri Bazar, first wholesale market of Old Delhi established in 1840
 A shopkeeper at Chawri Bazar in Old Delhi on Thursday . Photograph : Rajeev Bhatt

Chawri Bazar is a road with Jama Masjid on one end and Hauz Quazi on the other end. It is a specialized wholesale market of brass, copper and paper; established in 1840, with a hardware market, it was the first wholesale market of Old Delhi.

 Wheels of all kinds, be it for trolly bags, for carts, for Electrical Appliances stands being sold at Chawri Bazar in Old Delhi on Thursday . Photograph : Rajeev Bhatt

The street is named after a Marathi word chawri, which means meeting place. Mainly because here a 'sabha' or meeting would take place in front of a noble's house and he would try settling the disputes before it would reach the emperor.