21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C.

"...the geometry is the light..."

CARPETS

The Pazyryk Carpet



Found by Rudenko in 1947 in a frozen Siberian mound tomb, the Pazyruk Carpet is the oldest known knotted wool, probably Persian, carpet. It dates from about 500 BC Also found in the tombs were fragments and textiles of many cultures of unparalleled beauty and antiquity.





The Pazyryk Carpet, 6 x 5 ft.






Detail of Pazyryk Carpet showing
horesemen and riders



























Among the articles found in the Pazyryk tombs were a great many pieces of elegant feltwork, amazingly perserved in the ice, their colors still vivid.




Detail of feltwork from Pazyryk tombs


Feltwork from the Pazyryk tombs




























Swans in feltwork









"The Frozen Tombs of Siberia" by Russian anthropologist Sergei Ivanovich
Rudenko details the excavations of the Pazyryk Tombs.


Images copyright © Rudenko 1998, All Rights Reserved
Text copyright © by the authors, 1998, All Rights Reserved




There are many Websites that mention the Pazyryk Carpet, for instance: Pazyryk Carpet, Tattooed Mummies, and many other that detail the history and making of Oriental rugs in general, for instance: Oriental Rug Review, especially Ted Mast's article: The Rug Weaving Folk of Avyacik.





21st Century Art, C.E. - B.C., A Context

Copyright © Jan Haag 1998, All Rights Reserved


Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu


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