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World's oldest 'Pazyryk' carpet mystery solved

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Eldorado
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Scientists have finally solved the mystery behind the Pazyryk rug, considered to be the world’s oldest carpet dating back to the 5th century B.C., after almost three decades of research.

Researchers, including Professor Dr. Karl Meblinger from the Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology at FAU, and x-ray microscopy experts Dr. Andreas Späth and Prof. Dr. Rainer Fink from the Chair of Physical Chemistry II at FAU, analyzed the ancient rug by using the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and came to the conclusion that a special dying technique, involving the fermentation of the sheep’s wool before it was dyed increased the brilliance and longevity of the color, according to the journal Scientific Reports.

Full monty at the Daily Sabah: Link

Pazyryk rug: Wikipedia

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Kenemet

I didn't know you could ferment sheep's wool.

 

...the things you learn around here......

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Hammerclaw
8 hours ago, Kenemet said:

I didn't know you could ferment sheep's wool.

 

...the things you learn around here......

Does it mix good with Scotch?

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Kenemet
15 hours ago, Hammerclaw said:

Does it mix good with Scotch?

I think you should volunteer to try it.  I'll document the results.

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