Oriental rugs from rug weaving countries around the World: All hand knotted Oriental rugs in the Oriental rug section include rugs and carpets from Afghanistan, Bulgaria, China, Japan, Pakistan and more, with exception of rugs from Persian / Iranian carpets. While our selection of Persian carpets are Oriental rugs by definition, rugs of Persian or Iranian origin are separated in selection category.
Oriental rugs are defined as hand woven carpets made of natural fibers, with both warp and weft and created in the Near, Mid or Far-East (including the Balkans).
About Oriental Rugs
The techniques and process required to make hand knotted Oriental rugs have remained virtually unchanged for centuries.
The oldest Oriental rug ever found now resides in the Leningrad’s Hermitage Museum. The carpet is estimated to be near 2400 years old.
Named “The Pazyryk carpet”, discovered in the Altai mountains in the Pazyryk Valley nearly 5,000 feet above sea level in 1949. Found in the frozen tomb of a Scythian chief, this six foot by six and a half foot rug is the earliest documented hand knotted rug. The construction of the Pazyryk carpet is identical to hand knotted rugs made today, with the same basic techniques largely unchanged.