Brill’s New Pauly

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(τάπης, τάπις, ταπήτιον/tápēs, tápis, tapḗtion; Lati. tapes, tapete).

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I. Ancient Near East and Egypt

The only surviving rug (from kurgan V at Pazyrik, southern Siberia, 5th-4th cent. BC) is knotted in wool [1]. Otherwise, the existence of rugs in the ancient Near East can only be deduced from various pictorial representations. Owing to their similarity to modern rugs [2], the geometric motifs on wall paintings (7th cent.) at…

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A.NU. and Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Rug”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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