Persian rug collectors often justify their obsession with handcrafted Oriental and Persian rugs by explaining their desire to own a small piece of the rich history and beauty behind the art form of Persian rug design.
Oriental and Persian rug weaving is a tradition that spans the centuries over a number of cultures. There are several references to the art of rug weaving found in ancient scriptures and classical writing. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that proves these references where to pile carpets and not simply to flat weaves (Kilims).
On the evidence of fragments found in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian tombs, we know that various forms of flat weaving were well developed more than 4000 years ago. Other evidence suggests that weaving of pile rugs existed in the Middle East and other parts of central, northwest, and eastern Asia long before 2000 BC.
It is definitely certain however, that Asia was the first continent to produce rugs and that it was definitely the nomadic wanderers who created them.
The rearing of sheep, the prime source of carpet wool, is a traditional nomad occupation. Add to this the necessity of thick coverings for people having to endure extreme cold and it's likely the craft of weaving developed to replace the use of rough animal skins for warmth.
Before the discovery of the Pazyryk Rug, the oldest pile rug fragments of ancient rugs ever discovered were found in East Turkmenistan in an area known as the Tarim Basin. This area includes parts of northwest India, East Turkmenistan, southern Russia, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, western China, and Mongolia itself.
The art of pile rug weaving appeared in Europe some time after 1000 AD, and likely in Spain because of its proximity to Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Iran.
Other European countries soon imitated the craft and by the 20th century weaving rugs was prevalent in almost all of Europe. However, even with Europe producing their own rugs, we can still see through classic paintings that almost all the rugs depicted appear to be of the Persian or Anatolian types.
Rug weaving in Europe never became as important as it did in Asia and as a result, many Asian nations built enormous rug exporting industries over time.
When it's time to pick out your next pair of shoes, here are a few tips that may help you find what you need.
If you're Imelda Marcos, shoes may represent one of life's little luxuries. But for most of us, footwear is a necessity rather than an extravagance. However you look at it, buying shoes is a task all of us face at one time or another. Sometimes we end up with blisters when the new purchase doesn't fit right or wear well. So what can you do to avoid a mistake and find the pair of shoes that will let you feel as though you're walking on air?
1. Shop at the end of the day. If you're a person whose feet tend to swell, they will be at their worst in the late afternoon or early evening. That is the best time to try on a new pair of shoes, because you want them to fit even when your feet are swollen. If you shop earlier when you are not retaining fluid, the shoes you buy may feel too tight later in the day. 2. Try on several pairs of shoes at the store. Even if you think you've found the perfect footwear with the first shoes you try on, you may want to consider a second and third fit to compare them with the first pair of shoes. That way you can be sure the fit is genuine rather than convenient or based on style rather than comfort. 3. Go for comfort over fashion. Unless you are shopping for a very special occasion when your new footwear will be worn seldom or rarely, take care in choosing shoes that fit your foot in a relaxed way. After all, you'll most likely wear them for hours at a time, perhaps part of that time while standing, so be sure the shoes are cozy and don't cramp your feet. Shoes that are too tight can lead to distorted muscles, tendons, and bones in the ankles, arches, and soles of your feet. 4. Choose a neutral color. While trendy hues may catch your eye, they not coordinate with many of your outfits. Select an earth or natural tone, such as black, brown, navy, or tan that will go with many types of clothing styles. Especially for professional wear, a neutral shoe color does not look ostentatious, but rather complements a subdued, classy look.
5. Look for special sales or discounts. Many stores offer a two-for-one sale that allows you to purchase two pairs of shoes for the price of one pair, usually the more expensive of the two. Other sales include a buy one and get the other half off type of deal. Traditional sales may offer up to seventy-five percent off on certain days or with the help of newspaper coupons or bonus ads. 6. Replace exercise shoes every three to six months. Even when they don't appear to be worn, shoes that are used for frequent exercise such as walking, hiking, or running, tend to lose their firm hold and grip over time. Keep your feet in great shape by purchasing new exercise shoes at least twice a year. 7. Get the correct size. Don't try to feel better about yourself or project a trim image by buying shoes that are too small or too tight. Measure your feet at the shoe store with the stand-in metal device to get the most accurate fit. Your feet will thank you for it.
Buying shoes may seem like a burdensome chore, but it's an important opportunity to treat your feet with the respect they deserve. After all, they take you everywhere you need to go. Make their job easier by fitting them with a comfortable, sturdy fit that will flatter and nurture your feet.
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