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Lower Mesopotamia, Iraq | Wool | Early 20th Century

Based in Lower Mesopotamia, this ancient Indo-Persian population lived on floating islands, in houses built with cane and mud supported by stilts in the marshland region close to the mythical city of Ur. Their longstanding isolation from other populations allowed them to preserve the original traits of their culture inscribed on their carpets, for thousands of years. Woven in two phases, the base was made on the loom, and then embroidered with dyed wool. These kilims were as precious as their dense embroidery that sometimes covered the entire surface.