The history behind the carpet

I will have a matte theme this week! I thus recommend carpets all week long. Where you buy them, how to place them and here is the whole story behind the rug AND the world’s first rug.

When it comes to the history of the carpet, it starts long back in time! People have always been looking for ways to stay warm and improve their lives. Carpets have been since the houses were invented wanting to cover the floors with fabrics and hides that provide comfort and warmth. Early examples of carpets take us back to more than a thousand years ago. Nomads hunted animals and used animal skins to make clothes and cover the floor.

Here you now get the story behind the carpet, our beloved big piece of fabric on the floor!

Today, the furry rya rug is super trendy, but the old rugs did not look like this at all.

The world’s oldest carpet

The oldest rug that exists is often referred to as “pazyryk and the rug that measures 6 x 6 feet, is dated to 500-400 BC. and it was found in a cemetery in Bolshoy Ulagan, Kazakhstan. Today, the carpet is one of the most revered attractions in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The rug is in modern times a common household function, but back in time, rugs were only available to wealthy nobles. Wealthy families used rugs as a way to provide comfort and also to adorn their homes.

Persia – matt the country

Persia has been a very important place for the development of the matte craft. During the 16th century, several workshops manufactured carpets with several different patterns. One of the most famous specimens from that area belonged to the Persian king Shah Tahmasp. The famous Ardebil carpet measures 17 x 34 feet and has over 32 million exact knots. It is also on display today at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Persian rugs are still known worldwide and are seen in many homes.

Due to the proximity from Persia to India, carpets have also become a major influence in the region.
Traders exchanged carpets for other goods, and it became widely known. The cultural impact can be seen in the different patterns used to make different rugs. In the 17th century, and around that time, the carpet trade developed significantly. Wealthy Europeans became obsessed with carpets and began filling their homes with them.

The modern carpet

Shortly after the matte boom in Europe, production in Europe also expanded. The French soon also began to create their own matte patterns and motifs. Shortly after the English copied the idea, the industrial revolution began and with it the mass production of carpets.

At this time, the product, which was once exclusive to wealthy families and nobles, began to become a regular feature of every household. Since then, the carpet craft has developed and today the carpet has a strong influence in the Middle East. The materials used have changed over the years, and today there are countless different types of carpets.

Another thing that has changed is the fabric used. Synthetic fabrics are often used in carpets today, as they are cheaper and easier to manufacture. Choosing the right rug for your home can make an abnormal difference and light up a room. In future posts, I will suggest which carpets you should choose for the right room. So stay tuned this matte week and some matte eye candy is guaranteed to come.

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