Central Asia

Transcending its initial vocation to provide heat to the floors, carpets have evolved to become uniquely aesthetic elements for your home. Today they are an important chapter in the decoration. Its origins Approaching this exciting world is no easy task. The origin of the knotted carpets dating back apparently nomadic or semi-nomadic tribes, predictably cold countries (Persia, Central Asia, Armenia, Caucasus), with the need to heat the soil bare, but to keep their animals, whose skins were likely to provide warmth. It is likely that these first blankets had longish hair, and that only later prevail aesthetic criteria and definition of the smoothness of the drawing. The simplest classification can be established between them is: made by hand or in looms. Nomadic people still continue to use the horizontal loom, more manageable (though he may be made carpets very broad, indefinite but long), leaving the horizontal reserved for use by sedentary peoples.

They are also known under the name of "knotted" (with the exception of kilims, as we shall see). Looms on the other hand, have the opportunity to work on natural fibers (wool, cotton) or synthetic (nylon, polyester), although more often they are mixed, in order to exploit the qualities of both materials premiums. Its origin Fortunately, the increase of scientific publications from the study of private collections, makes available more information, although any classification will be somewhat inaccurate due to the complexity of themes, sizes, textures, shapes and patterns. Here is a small sample, in view of their place of origin: Berbers: from the nomadic tribes of the Moroccan Atlas.