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pazryk carpet

Pazyryk Carpet: the oldest known knotted rug

The origin of this amazing carpet has been the subject of debate. Most experts believe that it must have been created in Central Asia, possibly Persia or Armenia. The level of artistry and craftsmanship evident in the rug point to the handiwork of a settled and highly cosmopolitan culture; not likely a product of the nomadic Pazyryks. Archeologists theorize that the rug may have been an article of trade, as items from China and India were also found at the burial site.