Oriental and Rug, two words that for centuries have become almost inseparable. More commonly known as Oriental Rugs, these finely knotted, beautifully coloured and intricately patterned carpets fall into a class of their own. The art-form developed not only in the geographical area we today call Iran, but also throughout Central and Western Asia and the Middle East. Who would believe that the beautiful carpets which we today associate with decorating palaces, museums, other grand buildings and homes were born of nomadic tribal roots in which portable woollen weavings were produced for protection from the harsh elements and other everyday purposes? Using high quality, locally grown and naturally dyed sheep-wool, skilled nomadic and tribal weavers used the Oriental (Senneh) Single Knot to create intricate floral and geometric designs not possible to achieve with a Double Knot. As the popularity of Oriental Rugs grew, utility gave way to adornment as a sign of wealth and prosperity for those able to afford the commissioning of magnificent carpets from commercial workplaces. The bolder patterns of the nomadic rugs were refined and, when the previously unaffordable cotton warps were introduced, the artistry, intricacy and density of Oriental Rugs increased. Perfectly Oriental.