Pazyryk Wool Rug
8'11" x 6'1"
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New rugs are of the highest quality in their category and are handpicked overseas by the Bashir family.
This fine pure wool Pazyryk carpet has six border bands depicting people and animals, including mythological ones. The first inner band and the 5th outer band depict rosaces. The second inner band depicts grazing fallow deer. The third and forth bands are the most interesting as they show horsemen on saddles. Its sophisticated design (dating back to at least 400 BC) makes it a great conversation piece and proves that carpet manufacturers since ancient times had great technical skills and an artistic vision.
This carpet's design is inspired from the carpet that is claimed by historians to be the oldest rug in the world: the Pazyrik rug. The carpet was found and excavated in 1949 by russian archeologist: Sergei Rudenko. He found it preserved in ice in the Pazyrik Valley of Siberia while excavating the tomb of a Scythian prince. The burial mound was over 2500 years old and a ground breaking discovery in the history of carpet weaving.
The carpet features lots of interesting details such as men riding horses along its widest border. The central field is occupied by 24 cross-shaped figures, each of which consists of four stylized lotus buds. This composition is framed by a border of griffins, followed by a border of twenty-four fallow deer.
According to various textile experts the carpet is of armenian orgin while others dispute it to be of Persian origin. Its exact origin is unknown but what is known is that such a piece is a testimony to the fact that the fine art of carpet weaving had been going on for many centuries prior to having reached the level of expertise the Pazyryk carpet displays.
The Pazyryk rug is now housed at the St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum. This carpet has been replicated by our team of designers and is currently available for sale in our Montreal showroom.
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