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History of Rug 


The original design of the Pazyryk rug is much more detailed than the replica above and the colors seem more vibrant.

The art of rug weaving dates back into pre-history. Unfortunately, not much is known about these first attempts at knotted rugs, as the majority of them are lost forever.

The earliest surviving knotted rug is called the Pazyryk carpet and it was buried for over 2500 years, frozen under Siberian ice in the Altai Mountains near the outer Mongolian border. A Soviet archaeologist discovered it in 1949 and it is now displayed in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Unfortunately, the origins of the Pazyryk carpet are unknown. It measures approximately 6' x 5' and is woven using the Turkish knot. The original design has a tile-work central motif surrounded by borders with rows of elk and horsemen and is thought to be a ceremonial procession, perhaps depicting a Scything burial ceremony.

Throughout history, area rugs and various construction techniques have spread throughout the world. Large-scale Persian and Oriental rugs have been widely produced and used in Asia and the Middle East for centuries, but were not commonly available to average European and American households before the onset of mass production. With the relatively recent production of man-made carpets and area rugs using synthetic and natural materials, floor coverings are available to fit any budget.

 

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