This course will feature an overview of the oriental rug industry. It will include the history of rugs from some of the oldest known through those of modern times. It will explain what makes an oriental rug, where they are from, and the various types. While the focus will be on Persian rugs, the class will cover rugs from nearby countries. It will also cover how rugs are woven, rug weaving and looms, the method of preparing the wool, and the dyeing process.