Rugs are hand-woven textiles made for the purpose of covering a floor, but also used to cover doorways, tables, chairs, and windows. The weaving of rugs has a very long history. To date, “Pazirik” is the oldest surviving example of a rug, dated back to the 5th century B.C.
Oriental rugs can be a household item and they have developed throughout the centuries into a unique craft and art form that has commanded international attention. This ancient tradition went through radical transformation during the different stages of history, synthesizing different cultural and technological advances.
While the dynamic history and development of oriental rugs have been amply proven and acknowledged, it is currently facing a certain crisis, particularly in the design aspect of its production. Indeed, there is much to be done to remedy the current carpet industry. I hope we contemporary designers and manufacturers can return this historic art and tradition to its glory.