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Orientalism And Oriental Carpets

by Charles Recknagel Europe’s fascination with oriental rugs dropped off markedly during the 1700s, as the French baroque decorating style, with Savonnerie and similar carpets, swept the Western world. But by the early 1800s, oriental rugs were back. And throughout the 1800s and well into the early 1900s, European interest … read more

The World’s Oldest Carpet Story: The Pazyryk

Every carpet tells a story. But few tell one as fascinating as the oldest intact carpet ever found. It is the Pazyryk carpet, discovered frozen in a tomb beneath the Siberian steppe. The carpet was woven sometime in the 5th century and recovered almost 2,500 years later when, in 1949, … read more