Carpet weaving has been a staple in cultures for centuries. The oldest rug ever discovered was the Pazyryk, said to have been woven in 500 B.C. It was found in the frozen tomb of a nomad, deep in the Altai Mountains. Surrounded by Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, this carpet is the perfect symbol of rug weaving throughout history.
Persian rugs are considered the gold standard of weaving. The Silk Road allowed for the expansion of these expertly crafted carpets, which made them highly coveted throughout the world. Rug weaving was not isolated to the east however.
As European countries developed, so did their carpet weaving. France began weaving the famous Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs, used as symbols of status, often including a coat of arms and other floral symbols.