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Tracing the history of the woven arts is as much a lesson in cultural and social anthropology as it is an aesthetic discussion. Moving from nomadic lifestyles through the agrarian eras to ultimate urbanization tells the tale of burgeoning innovation, an appetite for design and tribal identification, and an ever-deepening quest for stability, wealth and power – so too follows the path of the woven arts and what they have meant to man.

Born out of necessity, weavings originally took the place of hides or furs adding comfort, warmth and protection to early peoples. As nomadic people started to gather and commune together an appreciation of the decorative took hold. Ceremonial cloths, dowry collections, woven wall and eventually decorative floor coverings gained attention.

While debate continues on true origin, archeological evidence concludes that the earliest known, decorative weavings come from the High Altai Mountains in the frozen tombs of Pazyryk. Technically sophisticated with a refined drawing these famed, 5th century B.C. fragments are hardly

Certainly the launching point for the most influential march forward in weaving presents in Central Anatolia. There, Marco Polo confirmed widespread accounts of hand weaving and hence the technique spread through the Caucasus, Great Turkomania, Western Persia and Meshed onto Kabul and India with traders taking the art further east into Samarkand, Tashkent, Sinkiang and Peking.

During this great artistic migration, Ottoman traders exported weavings to Europe where the aristocracy was so taken with the art form that they began court-weaving ateliers to nationalize the process, supplant the ottoman traders and thus take control of the supply chain. Herein began the great traditions of Savonnerie, Aubusson and Needlepoint.

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