Carpet City Bratislava
The art of carpet-knotting traditionally stretched from China in the East to the important centres of Persia, Turkey and Europe all the way to Spain in the West. One can distinguish between nomadic, village and city carpets. Materials include wool, silk and cotton. Hand-knotted oriental carpets are made on either horizontal or vertical looms. The richness of the art mirrors itself in the myriad of patterns, styles, colours and texture of carpets.
Probably most famous is the Persian carpet, one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian culture and art dating back to the Bronze Age.
In 1947, the oldest existing carpet was discovered in an area of permanent ice in Siberia. The beautiful, well-preserved carpet shows the already very high development of carpet-making in Persia around 500 BC. With a knot density of 360 000 knots per square metre, the famous Pazyryk carpet can rival any of its modern counterparts in fineness and beauty. It is available for viewing at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia
The art of carpet weaving was further developed in the Persian and Indian imperial courts of the 15th and 16th century. One famous example is the large-dimensioned Ardabil carpet, which is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It has since inspired generations of master carpet weavers for its design richness and geometry, and its fine and symmetrical execution. The base of the carpet is silk, the pile fine wool, allowing for a high knot density.
As of the 15th century, oriental carpets become important objects in the courts of the European Royal families. Oriental carpets – albeit often stylized – are depicted in oil paintings of the era, for example, in the Darmstadt Madonna by Holbein (1528) or Vermeer’s The Music Lesson (1665).
After a short period of stagnation, the Persian carpet achieved new artistic and commercial heights in the 19th century. Companies such as the Manchester-based Ziegler and co. had manufacturers in Persia, producing oriental carpets with a European design touch. This style with its soft beige and red colours is again very popular today and mainly being produced in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The history of the art of carpet making shows the diversity and richness of this craft. Below are a few examples of the many carpet types available today.
Why choose us?
Our tradition and philosophy
Arina Enterprises is based on a long and strong tradition. The Sabet family has been serving European and international customers with the world’s biggest and finest collection of hand-made Persian and Oriental carpets for over 50 years.
From the classical to the modern
From the classical to the most modern design – our oriental carpet collection comprises many diverse styles and types of carpets. Let us carry you away into the world of exotic beauty of the Orient. Our expert team will assist you in choosing your favourite piece. Aesthetics matter… and value matters. We guarantee most competitive prices. Whether at your residence, or at your office, we can provide the fitting colours and textures of oriental carpets for your surroundings.
Unique selection in Slovakia
Coming from a family that has been serving customers for over 50 years with the biggest selection of oriental carpets worldwide, we are delighted to extend this tradition to Slovakia. We look forward to welcoming you to our store and to present to you a collection of priceless splendor.