Persian Prayer Rugs – Between Art and Religion

The region of Iran and surrounding areas, which once belonged to the mighty Persian Empire, is probably the brightest star in the so-called “Rug Belt” constellation, stretching from Morocco, across North Africa, the Middle East, and into Central Asia and Northern India. The oldest surviving pile-woven carpet – the Pazyryk carpet – dates back to circa 400 before Christ, and so does the earliest presently known mention of a Persian carpet.