Pakistan Truck Art


The Karachi Tram in Melbourne, Australia during the 2006 Commonwealth GamesMany trucks and buses in Pakistan are highly customized and decorated by their owners and are commonly known as jingle trucks. External truck decoration can cost from $3,000 to $5,000.  Decoration may include structural changes, paintings, calligraphy, and ornamental decor like mirror work on the front and back of vehicles and wooden carvings on the truck doors. Depictions of various historical scenes and poetic verses is also common.  Outfitting is often completed at a coach workshop.

Decor style of major regions

Karachi is a major city center for truck art, though there are other hubs in Rawalpindi, Swat, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore. Trucks from Balochistan and Peshawar are often heavily trimmed with wood, while trucks from Rawalpindi and Islamabad often feature plastic work. Camel bone ornamentation is commonly seen in trucks decorated by artists from Sindh.