Pazyryk rug

Hidden Treasure in Persian Carpets

The knotted carpet came  into being during an early period and was created by nomadic populations seeking a way to protect themselves from direct contact with the ground and also of not damaging the skin of their precious animals. These nomadic people introduced the carpet to the population in villages and cities, who appropriated and created it in accordance to a precise aesthetic need. There was a desire to decorate the interiors of permanent dwellings. In 1947, excavations in the Pazyryk valley of the Altai mountains in Siberia uncovered a beautiful wool carpet, knotted and thickly decorated, that had been encased in a block of ice and which had thus been perfectly preserved.Continue reading