Millennia-old Cultural Tradition
The art of carpet knotting has a long history and has been closely ingrained in human cultural evolution since time immemorial. The oldest specimens were dated back to around 500 B.C., when they served as versatile items of furniture to early nomadic communities in the Near East and Mongolia, at which point they already embodied the key characteristics of Oriental carpets. Alexander the Great’s military campaign through Asia resulted in such carpets arriving in the Occident for the first time around 330 B.C.. These carpets would fully establish themselves from 700 AD onwards when North African moors built a dynasty in Córdoba and Granada, as well as a comprehensive carpet industry.