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The Pazyryk Carpet
The conventional wisdom in rug scholarship dictates that the Pazyryk Carpet was
made in the near East and somehow made it's way to a burial mound in the Altai
mountains of Siberia. The Pazyryk Carpet was found with a number of other textiles
mostly felts. The conventional wisdom is that on stylistic grounds as well as
distribution and frequency of discovery in this and other kurgen the felts are local.
Obviously the cruder felts which reflect so much of what we se in the local metal
work were obviously local. The Pazyryk Carpet on the other hand shares a design
motif that we see in Persian and Assyrian architecture was far to sophisticated to be
local. Now everything changes. On the basis of an article in Ghereh by Harald
Bohmer we must reexamine the whole Pazyryk Carpet issue.

In the Ghereh article Bohmer drops a major bombshell and it explodes virtually
unheard. Bohmer released his findings that the same dye was used in the felts as
was used in the Pazyryk Carpet. What this tells us is that the Pazyryk Carpet and
the felts were both made in the same place. That being so now the origin of the
Pazyryk Carpet must be reexamined.

I am in no great rush to come to a conclusion I will be posting Rug Notes pages as I
find piece that fit this puzzle.

Joseph V.McMullan on the Pazyryk Carpet

My recollection s that Bohmer determined that the dye was not one found in Middle
Eastern and Central Asian carpets and textiles. The dye analysis most closely
matched Polish Cochineal. This however is a dye as I stated that is not seen in any
similar textiles. I strongly suspect that this is a dye source found in the Tarim Basin.
There is currently a dye study of the textiles found in the Tarim basin archeological
digs. I suspect that this will clarify the situation considerably.

One problem with this is that the tests are limited to some extent by the test
samples. The Tarim Basin tests should be a considerable help in sorting things out.

Pazyryk Carpet Pazyryk Rug rugs Persian Assyrian Antique textiles
Pazyryk Carpet Pazyryk Rug rugs Persian Assyrian Antique textiles