The oldest rug in the world was discovered in an ice-filled tomb in Outer Mongolia by Russian archaeologists in 1949. The rug is of Persian origin and was part of a Scythian burial mound. It is believed to be from the 5th century BC.
According to Latif Rugs Blog, Persians are "the mother of designs, colours and weaving."
Persian rugs and tapestries were included at the last Documenta, weaving being one of the fair's organizational metaphors.
I have a Persian rug rolled up in the basement of our home. Though only thirty years old, the rug has seen so much over the years that it no longer unfurls, behaving more like a fire log than a surface in need of a floor.