The most famous poet of the thirteenth century, Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, was quoted as saying: “When someone strikes a carpet, the strikes are not on the carpet, but on the dust in it.”
Here is the history of some of the world's most famous carpets.
Carpets are woven stitch by stitch
- It is believed that man wove carpets dating back to the Neolithic period, around 7000 BC.
- The oldest known carpet on record is the Pazyryk carpet, which dates back to the 5th century BC. It was found in 1949 in a burial mound in Siberia. (Read more:
- Cavemen covered the entrances to their caves with animal skins, such as tiger skins, which protected their dwellings and prevented predators from approaching.
- The Bedouins used the rugs for sleeping, to cushion and insulate the floor in their tents, and as durable decorations that could stand up to a variety of uses.
- Carpets have been used as saddles in some cultures. When the horses die, the carpets are buried with them as a badge of honour.
- Most of the ancient carpets were woven by hand. This style of carpet is still made all over the world, and there are several different styles of knitting or hand weaving, such as Turkish, Persian and Spanish. Cotton, wool, silk and jute are the most common materials.
- Some of the carpets that were made during the Renaissance era have survived to this day and are considered priceless antiques.
- Some of the most luxurious carpets ever produced were woven around 1500 AD. This rug was a Persian rug with a floral medallion and a three-dimensional design.
- Once people started building large stone castles, carpets were used to cover the walls and floors and also used as a kind of decoration.
- Believed to have originated centuries ago with the Native Americans, braided rugs are typically made from wool, silk, cotton, jute, sisal, and hemp.
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The modern era
- In the late 19th century, Dalton, Georgia became home to much of the carpet industry. It is still currently referred to as the "Carpet Capital of the World".
- Before the fifties of the last century, wool and cotton were the main materials used in the manufacture of carpets. In the mid-fifties of the last century, synthetic materials began to be introduced, such as: nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and viscose.
[Translated by adaptation from plushrugs.com ]