Friday, July 3, 2009

Idea 69 - The History of the Rug

Sometimes we take important things for granted, like the air we breathe and milk. Just this morning I was sort of spacing out and looking at one of my toenails (not sure if I need to clip it yet) when I noticed our burnt orange rug, softly lounging under my comfy feet. Zounds!, I thought. It's been here the whole time! This rug! Obviously, someone needs to build a sprawling John-Adams-sized retrospective to our forgotten supporters. Get lost in the wonder with me:

The weaving of rugs itself is a tradition that has been passed down and learned over the centuries across numerous cultures around the world. In fact, ancient scriptures provide reference to this; however, no documentation has been discovered as to whether these ancient rugs were flat weaves or pile carpets.

The Pazyryk Rug, the oldest rug in existence, dates back to the 5th century BC. It was discovered in 1947 by Sergei Rudenko, a Russian archaeologist. It's a pile knotted rug, which used 200 Turkish style knots per square inch. The rug is actually fairly ornate with borders and reverse coloring. There are even horses that have what appear to be smaller versions of the Pazyryk Rug on their backs.

It's believed that the style consists of Assyrian, ancient Persian Empire, and Scythian designs. The only way the Pazyryk Rug was preserved was to be frozen in ice for all these centuries. The history of rugs until this discovery was impossible because they could not last 6000 years.

NOTE: EVERYTHING YOU JUST READ IS COMPLETELY TRUE AND BASED ON ACTUAL RESEARCH. Normally I would just make up the "facts" involved, but for this subject, I can't bear to just bullshit it.

ANOTHER NOTE: To be clear, I plagiarized this entire excerpt from an entry on

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