The Oldest Carpet In The World
Now being kept at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, this 2500-year-old carpet remains mostly intact, and provides an important glimpse into the art of carpet weaving as it was practice thousands of years ago. A description of the Pazyryk Carpet in the Hermitage Museum goes:
“Its decoration is rich and varied: the central field is occupied by 24 cross-shaped figures, each of which consists of four stylized lotus buds. This composition is framed by a border of griffins, followed by a border of twenty-four fallow deer. The widest border contains representations of workhorses and men.”
The exact origins of the Pazyryk Carpet remain ambiguous to researchers. More than likely, it came from Central Asia, possibly Persia or Armenia. The design and sophisticated workmanship of the carpet indicate that it came from a highly civilized and cosmopolitan culture, and the long history of carpet production spanning thousands of years in Persia or Armenia make them the most likely candidates as the producer of the Pazyryk Carpet.