Whist the development of rugs dates back two thousand five hundred years, buying a new rug for Europeans has only remained a daunting experience since the Middle Ages. In today’s bustling market there is an endless choice of textures, styles and fibres to choose from and not forgetting the options handmade or machine made rugs. Needless to say choosing a rug can get more than a little confusing, whether to go for cheap rugs produced on machines, expensive rugs that are hand oven or something in the middle. To really appreciate what goes into a rug lets take a brief look at its origins.
While Ancient Britons were developing bronze tools and building stone circles, Persian craftsmen were hand-weaving rugs. Many of these original rugs depicted stories of battles, wealth and religious events. As the understanding of weaving techniques expanded into Turkey and Asia regional design styles developed, these styles still dominate many of the traditional rugs today. Whilst we don’t really know when the first rugs reached Europe, we do know that the Vikings brought weaving techniques to Scandinavia and the oldest rug discovered in Europe dates back to 300BC, this was discovered by Russian archaeologists in Siberia.
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