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Traditional rugs are both decorative and practical, having been used for hundreds of years, both as a symbol of taste and luxury, and an affordable way to decorate a room (see our Artificial Silk range).

The traditional rug originates from West Asia, near the Caspian Sea, with evidence of the earliest rugs dating back as far as the 3rd millennium BC. At the time goats and sheep were shorn for their wool and the hair was spun and woven into carpets. The earliest known rug was discovered in 1949, and dates from the 5the century BC; it is assumed to be of Armenian handicraft. Armenian traditional rugs and carpets were famed for their detailed patterns and intricate interweaving, decorated with motifs of dragons and eagles, designed then - as now - to beautifully embellish the home.

As Islam spread from the west to the east, so traditional rug making was carried from west Asia to India. Under the Mughal Empire, Indian artisans adopted Persian rug making techniques. During this time, traditional rugs were used by Mughal emperors to decorate their palaces, with carpets introduced to India around 1500. Gradually, traditional rugs blended with Indian craftsmanship and evolved into a uniquely Indian style that spread across the subcontinent. These Indian rugs were densely knotted and embellished with a more realistic design than the fantastical style of their Armenian forefathers.

Nevertheless, the tradition of rug making in Persia lives on in contemporary Iran, which remains the largest producer and exporter of rugs in the world, producing three quarters of the world's rug output. The Persian style of rug, with its intricate patterns and tightly interwoven geometric shapes is the dominant style of rug in the world today and stems from Islam's forbidding of depictions of animals and humans in art.

Decorative traditional rugs began to arrive in Europe after the Crusades in the 11the century. From the earliest date they were seen as a status symbol, even being considering too precious to place on the floor. Indigenous weaving of knotted pile traditional rugs in the UK didn't begin until the 16th century, brought to East Anglia by Flemish Calvinists fleeing persecution. These rugs mimicked the patterning of Eastern carpets, whilst beginning to incorporate designs from Roman mosaics or medieval images of scrolling vines and flowers.

Oriental traditional rugs became popularly seen as an art form in Victorian Britain, with auction houses selling rugs for thousands of pounds.

One of the original factories for traditional rugs UK was based in Axminster. Although the original factory closed in the mid 19th century, the name Axminster survives as a term for machine made carpets. A machine woven rug can last for up to 30 years and provides extremely high levels of durability and wear, both embellishing a room with beautiful fabric and design, and protecting the floor from wear.

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