recent years there has been a rapidly increasing interest in carpets.
Many books, catalogues, introductory texts and more specialised works
have appeared and yet despite all the research put into these
publications, the subject of carpets still bewilders and confuses some
people. Despite this carpets are still highly sought after, with their
rich warm tones, and extraordinary patterns and motifs. Each hand made
carpet is a totally individual work of art representing a level of
craftsmanship seldom surpassed.
this brief introduction we hope to give you a greater insight into the
history, traditions and wonderful uniqueness of artistry, which ensures
the continued demand for high quality hand made carpets through out the
oldest completed knotted carpet, dated to 5th century BC, was found in
the frozen tomb of a nomadic chieftain at Pazyrk in the Altai Mountains.
It is believed that the art and craft of the knotted pile carpet began,
then developed and flourished to a high technical and artistic level
amidst the pastoral nomads in the steppes of central Asia. The knotted
carpet then reached the Middle East in the 8th or 9th centuries with the
nomadic Turkish tribes who began migrating into the region at that time.
Very little is then known about the history of the carpet until the
12th, 13th and 14th centuries when examples from the Turkish Selcuk
Period were found in various Turkish mosques. These Selcuk examples are
today on display in the Turkish and Islamic Arts museum.
depicted in European paintings in the 16th century, carpets were used by
the artist to indicate the high economic and social status of the
Carpet History really began in the 19th century, when large cottage
industry and workshop productions flourished to meet the ever increasing
for handmade carpets on the international markets.
carpets at Indigo Gallery are meticulously chosen to reflect the finest
creative skill and technical quality of some of Asia's greatest unknown