The oldest surviving carpet is the “Pazyryk Carpet”, which is over 2,500 years old dating back to 500 B.C. It was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia. The Pazyryk Carpet is 5’11” X 6’6″ approx 180 cm x 198 cm. It has a velvety woolen pile, finely knotted with an average of between 200 to 270 symmetrical knots to the square inch. The rug was constructed using the traditional Turkish knotting system, which strongly implies that the nomadic Turkish tribes who occupied central Asia two millennia ago, share an unbroken tradition of rug making with that of more modern traditions.