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Area Rugs

By Roxanne McDonald

Area Rugs: of Myth and Magic, Form and Function

Long ago, around the 8th century B.C., carpets are made in "motley and flaxen"

piles, with up to 130 colors for the likes of the kings of Armenia and Assyria, carpets of high pile and great value, carpets of elaborately detailed pictorials and succinct and symmetrical geometric design. In another land in the same period, a similar carpet is disregarded, as it appears worthless. But people sit on it and it flies them where they need or want to go. Like this magic carpet of Tangu, Solomon's carpet--made of green silk and large enough to transport the king, his throne, and his entourage--takes order from the wind, which listens to King Solomon and his spirits, taking them wherever it is bade. The people flying with the king are standing without fail, a great many birds flying as a canopy over the travelers, shading them from the heat of the close overhead sun. These fortunates who fly with the king are said to be in great favour, then, as are the great knights of great battles. At the same time, back at the castles are men and women--respected lawyers, mayors, and citizens with important roles--who are dubbed at Court "carpet knights" as they kneel on the carpet for their new titles, "Knights of the Carpet," "Knights of the Green Cloth," and "Knights of Carpetry." In Karmir Bloor, however, respect of the king is wanting: Sargon II, King of Assyria plunders and steals from the temples of the dead, stealing what is far from worthless flaxen pile by 714 B.C. standards. The standards for what Herodotus called "woven fabrics covered with drawings which never lose their brilliant color" don't lessen; neither, evidently does the tyranny of selfish kings. 300 years later, the wonderful artisans, makers of the wonderful area rugs, along with 131 thousand citizens, are driven by King Shapuh from Armenia to Persia (Iran). No area rugs, flying or other wise, are made for centuries.

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But in 1949, Russian archaeologists uncover the Pazyryl carpet, one the ancient peoples had used for travel...horseback travel, that is, for the saddles of the beasts of burden as they lived to carry their human charges from region to region and as they died (the horses being interred with area rugs, carpet saddles). Lavishly, immaculately hand knotted, well preserved, the carpets are still not too good for the respected horses and the respected peoples: so, designed and decorated with animal, plant, and other inspired motifs, the carpets are functional--as bedding, saddles, warm overcoats--and are precious as decoration--as wall hangings and floor coverings--for the nomads traveling, relocating, or moving from town to town to sell their beautiful, practical, and lucrative products.

Neither are area rugs and carpets, this many years later, too precious for our stars and starlets, who step from the royal carriage of limo or town car onto red carpets rolled out to announce and highlight their appearance. And neither are these area rugs and carpets beyond us, beyond our reach--thanks to the brilliant artisans of then and of now. There is no question that we deserve the beauty and richness of a finely crafted floor covering as much as the rug makers deserve the accolades. The only question is, though, which were truly magic and which were so profoundly gorgeous that they inspired the weaving of fantastic tales, too? May you be fortunate enough--through the area rugs' rich histories, quality craftsmanship, and luscious beauty--to experience this magic...true or not.

About The Author:

Roxanne McDonald, Senior Writer for w4dg.com
An Online Guide to rugs and decorating.

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