Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Origin of The Rug

In today’s society, when you buy a rug, it is understood that the rug is to go on your floor, to cover up an area of the room, in order to make either your room feel warmer or cooler, or just to make a certain color “pop.”

However, originally rugs were made to protect the body from cold, to be spread before a seat of honor, to cover a table, couch, or wall, or to form the curtains of a tent. Rugs have always been an accessory, but not always in the way that we think of it being used.

The certainty of the origin of the rug is a mystery to say the least, but we do know that the floor coverings used by the early man were made using the skin of the animals, grass, and reed, with the crude skin of animals and mats used to serve as insulators in very cool temperatures. What animals you ask? Well, there is evidence of goats and sheep’s being sheared at 6000 B.C., and it’s certain that if a cow or bull were to come by, it would have been used too, but not only for its meat, but for its usefulness as a durable cowhide rug too.

Although the exact origin of the rug is a mystery, the discovery of the Pazyryk Rug had a magnificent impact on the rugs history. This rug was revealed in a Scythian interment heap dating from the 5th century B.C., and has characteristics of a modern Persian or Anatolian rug with Turkish knots, but because the rug did seem so well finished, it was assumed implicit knowledge that the root of the rug must have come earlier than in this point in history.

The rug, as of right now, does not have an exact origin, but does seem to have always had a specific purpose; interior or exterior design. While the rug has not always been specifically for the floor, it has always been used in various ways to express feeling, show culture, and denote warmth. The rug, also, seems to have originally been made out of animal hides, meaning that even though we are a modern company, we are keeping the tradition of the cowhide rug alive.

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