The oldest surviving pile Rug in the world is called the “Pazyryk Rug”. It was discovered in ice in the valley of Pazyryk (a valley of the Ukok Plateau, Siberia). The rug has been preserved for over 2500 years in a Siberian burial ground. The origin of this carpet is attributed to either the Siberian Turkic groups, Scythians or the Persian Achaemenids. After being discovered in 1949, the world’s oldest rug is displayed in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
There have been many other antique rugs discovered in different countries, including India and ancient Persia. Indian and Antique Persian rugs are exhibited in museums.