my life after graduate: Greatest Inventions, Vol 16

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Greatest Inventions, Vol 16

Carpets

Carpets were regarded as part of Paradise by medieval Muslims, thanks to their advanced weaving techniques, new tinctures from Islamic chemistry and highly developed sense of pattern and arabesque which were the basis of Islam's non-representational art. In contrast, Europe's floors were distinctly earthly, not to say earthy, until Arabian and Persian carpets were introduced. In England, as Erasmus recorded, floors were "covered in rushes, occasionally renewed, but so imperfectly that the bottom layer is left undisturbed, sometimes for 20 years, harbouring expectoration, vomiting, the leakage of dogs and men, ale droppings, scraps of fish, and other abominations not fit to be mentioned".Carpets, unsurprisingly, caught on quickly.

2 comments:

Lexa Roséan said...

very cool
I like your blog facts

mEsoL said...

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