Boy, did I ever get lambasted last week as an Islamaphobe for calling Iran ‘rug merchants.’ Strange though, nobody complained of me calling Obama a Chicago street hustler. That article is at : https://larrythecontrarian.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/obama-vs-iran/
From the web page: http://www.persianempires.com/history-of-persian-carpets.html “Woven into the fabric of Iranian history, religion, society, and culture for more than 2,500 years, Persian rugs are geographically intrinsic to Iran. When a rug was made in Persia, it was synonymously linked with Persia and Iran thereby also meaning the same thing while referring to rugs. Intricately tied with Persian economy and trade for centuries, the hand-woven rugs were especially known for their artistic beauty and quality. What distinguishes one rug from the other is the design; one unique aspect of the Persian rugs is their curvilinear designs. Curved-design weavings are much more difficult to execute than geometric ones. The most unique feature of this Persian rug were the material and dye used, knot count, the design, and grade. Rugs made of silk or high quality wool are much more expensive than those made of cotton or materials of lesser quality. However, the rug showed better and lasted longer. Vegetable dyes did not run and ruin the rugs when washed or exposed to sunlight. With regard to knot count, the higher the knot counts per square inch in the warp, the higher the quality of the rug. A silk Persian rug may have more than 1,000 knots per square inch; As for design, the more complex the design, such as using curvilinear instead of geometric lines, the higher the rug’s price.”
And where did they get the silk? From the traders going to China. They traded their rugs for the silk and then made rugs of silk and traded with Venice.
Then we have the myths of Ali Baba and the forty thieves and Aladdin and the lamp in which he lost the lamp to a sneaky Persian trader. You have to believe there is some truth to the basis of the myth if you sit there and call the Bible a compendium of myths.
So where am I wrong?