- The world's largest handmade carpet is the Qasr al-Alam carpet from Iran. This carpet is larger than a football pitch in size.
- The most expensive carpet ever sold in the world was sold at an auction in 2013 for 33.8 million dollars.
- Camel hair was commonly used in handmade carpets in the past. This is less the case nowadays, and probably just as well seeing as camel hair gives off a rather unpleasant smell in warm and moist temperatures.
- The use of red colour in Persian and Oriental carpets symbolises courage and beauty.
- Cork wool is the name given to the wool that is trimmed/cut from the neck of the sheep. This wool contains a higher level of fat and is used in finer handknotted carpets, making them soft and shiny.
- The first carpets were brought to Europe by Alexander the Great during the 3rd century BC, when he came back from battles in Persia.
For more indepth information on handknotted carpets please refer to our Carpet Encyclopedia.
Image shows the world's oldest surviving carpet, the Pazyryk carpet.