Originated in “Oriental countries” an oriental rug is a heavy textile, made for a wide variety of utilitarian and symbolic purpose. Such rug is woven by hand on a loom, with warps, wefts, and pile made mainly of natural fibers like wool, cotton, and silk. A genuine hand knotted Oriental rug will last a very long time. They come in many sizes and types. In size from pillow to large room-sized carpets, and include carrier bags, floor coverings, decorations for animals, Islamic prayer rugs, Jewish Torah ark covers, and Christian altar covers. Since the High Middle Ages, oriental rugs have been an integral part of their cultures of origin, as well as of the European and, later on, the North American culture.
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