Pazyric rug

Iran

Unknown

Wool

The Pazyric rug is one of the oldest carpets in human history. Archaeologists found one preserved in the frozen tombs of Siberia that dated back to 500 BC. They originate from ancient Iran, formerly known as Persia, when the Achaemenid Empire was at full strength. This region of the world has a long history with carpet weaving and experience in this art. With its classical symmetrical hand-knotted system, also known as the ‘Turkish Knot’, Pazyric rugs can have up to 3600 symmetrical double knots per dm². This allows for extremely rich colour combinations and unique designs. Every rug is unique in its pattern, palette and weave and is typically named after the village or district where they are woven. Often motifs are woven into the carpets in the form of animals or flowers, each one with a different meaning. This carpet bares the distinctive characteristics of the traditional Pazyric carpet with a central deep red field with two wide borders. Although the patterns have faded with time, it is still a tapestry rich with symbolism. The red is a metaphor for happiness and joy, blue is for solitude end truth, white for purity and peace and yellow for power and glory.

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