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- May 4, 2014 at 1:08 am #346543
So whats the story behind Persian carpets hanged on walls in Russia?
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[img width=700]http://www.sadanduseless.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/carpet10.jpg”/>May 4, 2014 at 1:16 am #431878
In the past carpets in Europe were rare and very expensive, often a status symbol. It was considered a waste to have them on the ground and walk on them, so they rather hung them on the walls, like paintings, for others to admire them and show people how wealthy they are. I guess that tradition just stuck with the people in Russia, if that really is the case. Afterall, they have nice patterns, don't they?May 4, 2014 at 1:39 am #431879
Here you have a good article about carpets on the wall
http://hr.rbth.com/arts/2014/01/14/uloga_vunenih_tepiha_u_svjetskoj_revoluciji_24799.htmlMay 4, 2014 at 2:21 am #431880
off topic but those are some of the funniest photos i've ever seenMay 4, 2014 at 5:10 am #431881
The reason I was told was that back in Soviet times when most many people lived in those cheap tower blocks the walls were so thin that they needed to drown out the sound somehow. So they put carpet on the walls to drown out the sound coming from other apartments. Now they're unnecessary but they look nice I guess.May 4, 2014 at 10:39 am #431882
The carpets are certainly beautiful! Keeping all those rugs clean must be a chore. I guess one could vacuum the walls with attachments. lol I have one on the hardwood floor in my living room. That's enough. My allergies would strongly dislike carpeting on the walls, I think!May 4, 2014 at 10:47 am #431883
We had one too! Untill a group of gypsies broke in and stole it.May 4, 2014 at 10:56 am #431884
the pinnacle of eastern kitch, in my opinion.Quote:We had one too! Untill a group of gypsies broke in and stole it.
good work, gypsies!May 4, 2014 at 11:05 am #431885
AnonymousQuote:We had one too! Untill a group of gypsies broke in and stole it.
Gypsies in one of my ancestral villages. I hear they are capable of stealing anything! >.<
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A tradition from another century .. Any way to get rid off them is a good wayMay 4, 2014 at 11:39 am #431887
Wall carpets became fashionable during Soviet era.
Many lower cost Soviet apartments were built from concrete panels, which don't provide adequate insulation in colder months of the year. Also, carpets were put on interior walls for sound insulation, as one could hear neighbours in the adjacent apartment.
Also, some people considered wall carpets fashionable. During Soviet times the choice of interior design products was limited. A typical launch room had furniture known as 'stenka' in colloquial language manufactured on a typical Soviet factory 'The Red Turpentine'. Inside the 'stenka' there were books from classical Russian literature and crystal glasses. On the opposite side of the 'stenka' would be a sofa. In the corner near entrance to the balcony you will find a large Soviet-made lamp TV-set that needed to be taken to TV workshop for a repair every second month.
Some people were inventive finding temporary labourers (shabashniki) with an artistic touch to decorate their apartments. My uncle studied decorative arts in architecture in St Petersburg having work experience during his studies in famous Hermitage. He said he could stopped working for the government doing temporary work for people, who paid much better than the government. But Soviet laws required people to be employed for the government, so he continued working for the government doing temporary work in evenings and weekends for people. This was also illegal in Soviet times but authorities were turning a blind eye on such activities.
Carpet dusting is done outside in the front yard. A typical arrangement in a suburban area is 4 x 9-12 storey buildings with an empty square in the middle, on which children were playing in playgrounds, teens gathering, grandmothers watching after small grandchildren gossiping about neighbours and teens.May 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm #431888
Its so popular that Belarus took carpet as their flagMay 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm #431889
AnonymousQuote:Its so popular that Belarus took carpet as their flag
The ornament was made by an elderly woman living in Viciebsk region, northern Belarus in 1917. The main element in the middle of the ornament represents the rising sun. The cross and four dots inside of the central rhombus represent a sown field. These symbols are found in other Slavic cultures. Historians and ethnographers are saying the elements on the ornament are ancient. They are as Slavic as they can be.May 5, 2014 at 8:36 am #431890
AnonymousMay 5, 2014 at 8:42 am #431891
Also we had them in Croatia during Yugoslavia era also, most older people still have them in their homes. However they were never placed on the walls but those Arab/Persian/Middle east carpets were always seen as beautiful hand-craft and home decor.
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