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Kurdistan | Wool | Early 20th Century

“Fiery flame” rugs, inspired by the rites of fire worship. The origins of this kind of carpet are lost in time, among the Kurdish enclaves living in Anatolia and Caucasus. They were devoted to the Zoroastrian cult, based on squares of fire. The square is in fact the most recurring emblem on these ‘sculptural’ carpets, 6000 year-old contemporary artworks. The back of the carpet was sprinkled with elaborate embroideries, totemic symbols to protect the sleeper from the spirits of the underworld.