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The Oriental Carpets and the Turks

The carpet is a gift from the Turkish people to world civilization. The knotted rug, the
earliest samples of which have been found in Central Asia where the Turks used to live, is
an art form discovered, developed and presented to the world by the Turks.

In order to protect themselves from the cold of the Central Asian steppes, where they used
to live, the Turks invented the carpet using lamb’s wool which was abundant. Turks have
taken this art form with them and spread it wherever they have traveled.

In the 1940s, when the Russian archaeologist Rudenko was excavating burial mounds at
Pazyryk in the foothills of the Altai Mountains in Siberia, where Turkish people used to live,
he discovered the earliest surviving carpet in the world, in the fifth of the mounds. This
carpet was woven using the Turkish knot, in between 3rd and 2nd Centuries BC, and it is
generally accepted that this carpet is attributed to the Asian Khuns.

Source: Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Economy

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