Pazyryk Wool Rug
11'9" x 8'11"
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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 a rich and varied decor. Its center field features a ribbon like pattern that is ocupied by 132 cross-shaped figures, each of which consist of stylized lotus buds. Lotus flowers are a symbol of rebirth and immortality in oriental rug culture. Adjacent to each cross like figure are 132 rosettes symbolizing mystery and innocense due to its light shade. This piece also features multiple borders which depict warriors riding on horses as well animals such as the elk. The thickest and principal border band is decorated with a line of horsemen: six on the top and bottom sides, eight on each side, twenty-eight in number -- a figure which corresponds to the number of males who carried the throne of Xerxes the Great (fifth king of kings of the Achaemenid dynasty of Persia) to Persepolis (ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire ca. 550–330 BCE). The last outer band features a line of seventeen elks on the bottom and top sides, twenty-four on each side. The border with horses and their riders traveling in the opposite direction of the elk are said to represent power, nobility and valor. The symbols within this carpet speak to a connection with the metaphysical, celestial and animal kingdoms. The interesting and sophisticated design of this carpet makes it a great conversation piece. It also demonstrates that carpet manufacturers, since ancient times, had great technical skills and fantastic 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.
Sources and inspiration: Bérinstain, Valérie, et al. L'art du tapis dans le monde (The art of carpets in the world). Paris: Mengès, 1996. Print.; Jerrehian Jr., Aram K.A. Oriental Rug Primer. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1980. Print.; Herbert, Janice Summers. Oriental Rugs, New York: Macmillan, 1982. Print.; Hackmack, Adolf. Chinese Carpets and Rugs, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1980. Print. ; De Moubray, Amicia, and David Black. Carpets for the home, London: Laurence King Publishing, 1999. Print.; Jacobsen, Charles. Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1962. Print.; Bashir, S. (n.d.). Personal interview.; Web site sources and dates of consultation vary (to be confirmed). Without prejudice to official usage.